It's no secret that I love to read other writers' blogs. I love to hear how they get their ideas, how they grapple with the whole publishing world--the thrill of victory, agony of defeat, etc.
Except there is a time I should NEVER read writing blogs.
And that time is now.
Because I am trying to start something new.
Sometimes, reading a blog about writing is like being pregnant and everyone around you who has ever given birth tells you their labor battle stories and you wonder what have I gotten myself into?
For some reason, I keep stumbling into blogs (or tweets) that remind me how HARD writing is...ooooohhhh, the struggle!! And it makes me afraid.
I don't want to be afraid to write. Writing brings me so much joy. I need to read the posts that remind me of the awesomeness of it. I need to read about the wonder of THE FLOW--that magic time where words just begin to seep out of you in perfect order...*sigh*.
But instead, I keep finding the exact opposite. The Woes of the Struggle have no end.
Perhaps that's the lesson.
We don't begin a writing project because we think it will be easy*. We go in, knowing that there are, in fact, serpents hiding in the forest, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Waiting to test the very mettle of our desire to seek the truth of the story. Waiting to bite.
Yet we still go in.
We do it anyway.
Okay...I guess I am ready now. Hand me my sword, will you?
*Let's be honest. Sometimes writing really is easy. Everyone who is a writer has had that story, that book, that whatever, that was easy as pie to get down on paper. Maybe that's why we keep at it--the hope that once again we'll find the easy way!