On the Romance Writers Weekly blog, we like to talk about a lot of different things. This week, A.S. Fenichel asks:
What’s the best part of being a writer? What’s the worst?
If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome!
The quote “I hate to write, love having written” is usually attributed to Dorothy Parker, but I think most writers share the sentiment. Sometimes, writing is an absolute chore—especially in the dreaded middle of a book, when nothing seems to be working and you begin to doubt your sanity. That to me is the worst part—that inner editor who can sometimes paralyze me from putting anything on the page.
The best part is the joy of completing a new story against all odds (or at least that's what it can seem like), and that feeling beats out all the negative emotions, at least for me.
I love that I can write anywhere. Right now, I am sitting in my backyard, listening to our pond’s waterfall, feeling the warm breeze, and smelling the flowers we just planted this morning. I get a special thrill out of working outdoors. I’ve also written at at airport gate, on a boat, in our holiday trailer, and on a rocky river bank. It’s so portable!
I love knowing people are reading my words and enjoying them. Writing is communicating, and while I would still write even if no one was reading, it is certainly a lot nicer to know others are completing the conversation by reading what I’ve put down.
I love the thrill I get when I find exactly the right way to express a character’s thoughts or actions. Sometimes a sentence simply isn’t ‘right’ and when I finally figure out how to fix what’s bothering me, it is a huge satisfaction.
Writing for me is something I have to do. Even on the bad days, I feel better when I do something, even if it is just a few words, than if I do nothing. What about you? Is there something you do that is vital to your being, but that you share with others when given the chance? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Then be sure to hop over to the instigator of this topic, A.S. Fenichel!