Most likely, you’ve been told a lie:
“Writing is hard.”
Writing is not hard to do. But it’s special to learn.
Special in that it’s a skill, just like anything else.
And learning skills is hard work.
Writing is the perfecting of multiple skills —
those little things to know and to practice
until you get really good at it
(once again, just like anything else).
So if you want to write well, then you must
master the small things of writing.
The problem is,
there are so many darned small things.
(So many pieces…)
- Choosing right words (“diction”)
- Putting words in an order with the best sense (“syntax”)
- Knowing (and using) the power of punctuation
- Choosing the sentence length with the right power to
carry the idea
- Understanding and carving the form in line and paragraph
- Choosing and molding complete ideas into bells that ring
with concise, clear, crisp melody
- Listening to the music of the words on the page, and then
learning to tweak (edit) for the perfect symphony of sounds,
rhythms, and ideas.
Yes, writing is music. The clicks and pops, the lulls and smooth
waves of words washed together; the murky dirge or the poetic,
radiant light flitting across the page, forming the silvery line or
jagged intimation with power.
I don’t believe writing is hard to learn. It’s just a lot to learn.
And it’s hard to perfect.
Getting the pieces is work. Hard work.
Especially if you want to write a book.
George Orwell once said, ““Writing a book is a horrible,
exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful
illness. One would never undertake such a thing if
one were not driven on by some demon whom one
can neither resist nor understand.”
And another favorite…
(More like this…)
You want to write?
You 100% can.
(And you can do it well.)
You have to really want it.
Stoke the desire.
(set your mind and heart)
And find those places to learn.
Find the mentor. Take the class.
Read. And read some more.
Try out what you learn.
Grow the skills.
Because the payoff is amazing.
It’ll feel so good, to master the pieces,
to hold that book, to leave the legacy,
to create, and to know that you finally
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