Writing is fun, but it's not easy. It takes long hours, dedication, and the willingness to revise something for the umpteenth time until you (or your agent/editor) are happy with it.
to write a book someday too, when I have the time to fritter away." I
got that comment from a well-meaning friend of mine who knows I'm a
writer: I think it was the "fritter away" part that actually made my
teeth grind together. Writers know that there is no magic time fairy who
waves her wand over us and gives us blocks of time that other mere
mortals don't have (that would be SO cool though). The difference
between people who write books and the people who just talk about
writing books is simple. People who write books commit to the writing.
write when other people are watching reality shows. We write until the
wee hours of the night when everyone else is asleep (long after the
caffeine has worn off). We rise at ungodly hours to squeeze in several
pages before work or before the kids wake up (long before the caffeine
has kicked in.) Even when not writing, we are thinking about writing.
Plot issues and characterization get worked out in the shower or while
folding laundry. Whether we eek out a paragraph at a time, or multiple
pages in a sitting, we keep writing...and writing...until we have a
We have families, jobs, volunteer
commitments, and chores (did I mention laundry?), just like everyone
else. Unlike everyone else, we commit to telling stories, one sentence
at a time. I'm a writer. What about you?
Do you have what it takes?