Writing Myths, Part II
"Writing is like bleeding."
I’ve heard this said, from time to time, and I have to admit that it bothers me. For me, writing isn’t like bleeding. It’s more like… breathing. If I wasn’t writing, I’m not sure what I would be doing. Editing, probably.
The trouble with this phrase is that it makes writing sound like an incredibly difficult thing, like there’s no way to do it without a supreme struggle, without pushing yourself further than you ever thought possible. But it doesn’t have to be. Writing can be something that we enjoy, something we look forward to doing, something that doesn’t make us afraid or uneasy. It shouldn’t be a fearful thing, an ominous thing, but a beautiful thing. At least, that’s how I see it. If I didn’t, I don’t think I would write at all.
Thinking of writing like bleeding is akin to thinking of it as something we don’t want to go through. It reminds me of my monthly lady time (don’t mean to make you uncomfortable boys, but that’s the point). It’s something that I don’t want to go through, a thing that, while somewhat necessary, I’d rather avoid. And I don’t want writing to be like that. I’d rather if it were something that I enjoy, like spending time with my friends or going out for dinner. A treat. I want writing to be something that I can do for fun, not something that I groan and whine about at every turn.
I wouldn’t have gotten through twelve (nearly thirteen) books if I thought writing was akin to bleeding.
After all this time, I’ve gotten to the point that I so greatly enjoy writing that I block out more time for it than most other things. Fortunately for me, I have enough time in my schedule that I can do it, but I understand that a lot of you don’t.
My suggestion to you, is to find some time.
I guarantee that you have it.
Many of my friends, my writer friends, think that they don’t have any time at all for writing (or reading, for that matter), but the trouble is that they don’t want to do it… but I suppose that’s another topic altogether. The point is, if you think of it as a treat, as something you get to do for fun, it makes it a lot easier to do—and a lot less like bleeding.
Editor, Mavguard Magazine