Oh Mr. Gaiman, it is that easy and that hard. This is one of my favorite quotes about writing. We do it all the time, sit and write, try to find that perfect word, try to keep going when we feel burnt out, try, try, try.
And we come away with so many different things. Sometimes it’s a brilliant chapter, sometimes it’s a few pages that feel like a waste of time. Sometimes, we come away with decent writing. But you know what I ALWAYS come away with? Shoulder pain.
That’s right, I said it. Forget about the crappy pages for a minute. What really sucks is when I write and write and then I hurt. Physically. Maybe it’s my posture. Maybe it’s just that I’m too tense. But the pain makes it harder to write. Not that I’m discouraged from writing because of a little bit of discomfort. It’s really not that bad. Mostly, I get distracted by the pain. I get distracted, and putting one word after another becomes that much harder. So I take a break. I go think. I take a bath to try and ease my muscles. And I come back.
See, that’s the thing – perseverance. It may be hard. It may hurt, there might not “be time” for it. But writers write, no matter what. Even if we are writing in our minds, stewing ideas and deciding on the best next plot twist. We are always working. And it’s hard. But we keep going because it is a labor of love.
What writing aches do you have – emotional or physical?