The Day I Discovered Writing Is Not Easy…

The Day I Discovered Writing Is Not Easy

I Remember That Day. I finished the first chapter of a sci-fi story in which a sentient AI navigating a spaceship by herself was dancing, or more like gyrating to a tune playing through the ship. She moved from deck to deck by sliding down something like a fireman’s pole. Someone in my writing group looked at me and said,

“So…you don’t like women huh?”

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Strike one.

Then there was that horror story I wrote which had a bad guy chased by an unknown creature. The creature surprised the man in the backseat of his car. It carried a powdery substance in a bag which I never explained. (think of Chekhov’s gun) After some dialog, my creature yells out ‘Flame on!’ turning into a torch. Bad guy gets away by running into the Baxter building. Sound familiar?  (too close to the fantastic four)


Strike two.

Then I tried to make it easier for the reader to distinguish who was speaking in my dialog. In the SAME paragraph, I had ‘Sam’s dialog in bold as he talked ‘ and ‘Nancy’s dialog italicized as she spoke’.  I won’t discuss what my writing group had to say about that one.

Strike three.

I’m OUT.    Or am I?

That was the day I discovered writing is not easy, but I didn’t give up.  I realized that bad writers quit when they learn the art of writing is difficult.  A good writer, on the other hand, will continue writing….and learning.   It did get better for me.    Howso?

By talking to and exchanging ideas from other writers. I enjoy reading original stories from other bloggers and commenting on their work. Getting a comment or a like from fellow bloggers encourages more writing. I also exchange stories with my writing group for on the spot critiques. First draft work in progress is shared too. At the end of the day, I leave with more ideas and a better script.

Whenever I doubt myself, I go to the digital shelf and reread all of my problematic stories. Then I remember the encouragement from writer Stacey Levine:

“all the problems associated with being a #writer I consider good problems to have.”
Stacey Levine








  One thought on “The Day I Discovered Writing Is Not Easy…

  1. inkbiotic
    July 9, 2018 at 3:26 am

    It is certainly tough, although I’m not sure I agree with the criticisms of your writing group. I think it’s ok for the AI to do some dancing, fireman’s pole or not, and I quite like the different characters in italics or bold, it’s good to experiment with ideas like that. That said, I’ve never got along with writing groups. I’ve tried, but there’s a mutual misunderstanding. The act of being in a group seems to stifle imagination, everyone conforms (although that may just be my cynical view). Do you find them useful?


    • July 9, 2018 at 4:23 am

      You make very good points. For now, I find them useful like spell check programs. I have a habit of switching POVs. They help correct that. As for the dialog in bold and italics – the criticism was ‘if my work were an essay, it would have been thrown out immediately.’ Hence the stifling of imagination. I use them until a mutual misunderstanding takes away the value I have of the group.

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      • inkbiotic
        July 9, 2018 at 6:48 am

        That makes perfect sense, use what you can and don’t let them stifle your creativity. I hope you write more about them, it’s an interesting perspective. Happy writing my friend! 🙂

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  2. July 6, 2018 at 2:01 am

    It is really hard to write. I lost a chapter of my book (don’t ask me why coz I don’t know too) and had to do it again. It was frustrating, nothing was good enough

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    • July 6, 2018 at 2:28 am

      Wow! Losing work is tough. Seems like you cant redo it better than what you had. Been there. Now I create backups on SD cards, save work in Google Docs, and save in Dropbox. Thanks for the feedback. What are you using to backup now? I hope you are!


      • July 6, 2018 at 6:19 am

        Thanks. I’ll start using multiple SD cards, I just hope I’ll remember where I put them

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