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Writing, the Hard Days

If you are a writer, chances are you’ve had bad days. You know, the days when every word is a struggle, and every sentence seems like a steaming pile of crap. I am having one of those days, today.
Part of this is due to the fact that I’m writing my very first novel. I’ve never written one, so its all new to me. I hope the pacing on it is right, and that I’m sustaining the tension, but frankly, I won’t know if it works as a book until I’m done writing it. New things are often difficult, and scary. They are to me, at least.
Yet, most of the trouble is just an inevitable part of the creative process. Some days will be better then others. And some days, if you’re anything like me, you’ll feel like a complete hack with a talent level somewhat below the authors you find in the five dollar bin at the bookstore. You know, the books they had to put on sale, because they’re that bad that no one will buy them at a suggested retail of more then the price of a medium sized whopper meal. Perhaps that isn’t the best analogy, considering the fact that some of those books might be good, they just haven’t had the proper advertising thrown out there for them.
In any case, even though today is one of those days where its incredibly hard to write, I am going to write. Because writers write, and if I don’t write anything (other then this post), I will be a total hypocrite. Because I’m going to tell you the magical, mystical secret, that all productive writers know, and use to finish their novels. It is simply this; write no matter what. Write when you feel too tired, too lazy, or too dumb to be a writer. Because every day won’t be like pulling teeth, when you sit down with pen and paper, or take a seat in front of the keyboard. Some days, the words will come easy, and you’ll feel like a vernacular master, with a mastery of words.
If you are really having a bitch of a time, simply start with one sentence. One sentence for a day isn’t great, but its better then no sentences. Maybe, the next day, you’ll be able to type up a half page, or even a full page. Right now, I try to do at least a page every weekday. I’ve given myself weekends off, at least for the time being. Time off from writing the novel, I should say. I’m sure I’ll post to this on weekend and week days alike.
Until next time, make sure you locked all your windows. I know you don’t believe in aliens, but what was that flash of light you saw in the sky earlier? And what is that, walking, behind your place? Its certainly not human. Oh my lord, what the hell is that thing? Is it an animal? No, that’s no animal you’ve ever seen before. Can your sanity hold, after seeing a thing like that?


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