Writing and Other Afflictions

"If it was easy, everyone would do it." –Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own"

Writing meme from Wyrdsmiths

Via Kelly McCullough over at Wyrdsmiths:

What do you find _______ about writing?

Hardest? Description. Every time I write out a description I worry that it’s too long, or not long enough, or boring or stopping the action or whatever.

Easiest? Dreaming up the stories and watching them unfold in my head. The characters and situations all work together well in a good story.

Most fun? Translating the stories in my head to the written word, watching them take shape and sometimes a life of their own.

Most Tedious? Forcing myself to write when nothing’s flowing, when I know I’m going to not get much done and will be revising most of what does get written anyway.

Coolest? The life that the stories and characters take on when the story’s done–part of that being the reactions of other people upon reading them.

Least cool? The fact that 1/4 of Americans didn’t read a single book last year.

Best? The joy of creation.

Worst? It’s a pretty mild worst, but the fact that it takes so much time and that I don’t have enough to do all the writing I wish I could…

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One response to “Writing meme from Wyrdsmiths

  1. Erin August 27, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    Easiest: conversation, especially interpersonal drama scenes. I get really good imagery and pacing on those without half trying.Hardest: exposition, of the type that reveals characters and plot points directly. Too much of that is very bad, but too little of it is equally bad. I struggle to find the balance.Most rewarding: sending my children off with my MIL and hitting the keyboard for a five-thousand-word day. Most discouraging: slogging through a difficult scene or series of scenes, only to realize I forgot something important and need to do a complete rewrite. Usually, I come to the realization that the scenes were difficult because subconsciously I knew there was something wrong with them, some reason why they weren’t pulling me.Most encouraging: posting a scene and getting feedback from my friends that then feeds future scenes, or results in edits that make a big difference.

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