Writing is Hard (But That’s Okay)

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It’s happened to anyone who’s ever had a blog.

You get an idea for a post. The phrases are flowing and you’ve got time on your hands, so you decide to dash it off in one go. What, you tell yourself, can possibly go wrong? You’ll just whack out the words then polish, publish and preen.

So you sit down to get the job done.

You’re still at it days later, of course, your idea now a literary iceberg whose hidden depths keep surfacing.

What went wrong?

Nothing, actually. Writing is almost always a grind, even if we like to think otherwise. None of us is a lesser writer for finding it hard.

As Thomas Mann famously (and fortunately) observed: ‘A writer is a person who finds it particularly difficult to write!’

That’s me all over. I thought I’d finish this post hours ago.


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3 thoughts on “Writing is Hard (But That’s Okay)

    Stuart Danker said:
    July 24, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Hahaha I totally get this. It’s even worse when you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you just feel like ditching the whole idea entirely. Thanks for sharing this!

      timmnewlands responded:
      July 24, 2020 at 9:05 am

      Dead right, Stuart. By then though it’s usually too late for me: I don’t want to waste what I’ve already written so I soldier on to the bitter end – only to discover that the end is not so bitter after all! The mind moves in mysterious ways…

    ellieroselange said:
    July 25, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for sharing! I definitely relate to this. Even though I’ve just started blogging I already struggle to get motivated to finish a post.

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