“Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler
That quote. I love it.
However, for me (and please don’t hate me for saying this)… writing is the easy part. It’s everything else that surrounds the writing that is difficult.
Finding/making time to write.
Finding/making space to write.
Writing to a chorus of, “Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom.”
Getting fully in the zone and having a cat puke on the window sill behind me. (Seriously, that happened like… three days ago.)
Switching from software-brain to mom-brain to writer-brain and back again.
For me, finishing my book was a huge, big deal. I’m sure it is for every author… and I doubt it’s any less of a huge, big deal when you finish your second, tenth or hundredth… the very act of creating a complete, cohesive work (novel, non-fiction, whatever) is a ginormous undertaking.
Today’s topic asks me what the most difficult part of this writer’s journey is… and I’m about to get brutally honest and open up my soft little underbelly.
The hardest part of my writer’s journey is that it isn’t my all-and-everything.
People say that you shouldn’t make your artistic passion into your day job because then it becomes work. I don’t know who these people are, but they’re probably bitter and angry because their artistic passion is not their day job.
I would absolutely LOVE for writing to be my every day. I’m the writer who is writing notes for other projects while pounding out my work-in-progress, because as I write, I ideate. Constantly. The more I write, the more ideas I have, and the more I have to write.
That constant switch from one hat to another is, by all means, the most difficult aspect of my writerly life.
I don’t worry about the publishing process – it’s a set of steps. I deal with sets of steps constantly as a software engineer. I understand how to research processes, determine the most efficient course of action, and then implement steps to reach a goal. That’s all publishing really is.
I don’t worry about the writing process – it’s a set of ideas based on inspiration. I’ve been creative my whole life, and I draw constant inspiration from my world, my children, my friends and my family. I read news stories and immediately create plot lines based on whatever happened. I watch a sunset, and my inner voice dictates the event in flowing narrative.
My challenge is fitting it all in. That which is most important to my soul constantly takes a back seat to that which provides food for my children.
So guess what… there’s a set of steps to solve that problem.
And I’m working on it.