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It’s Hard Work

November 28, 2011

At least according to Harlan Ellison. He said, “Writing is the hardest work in the world. I have been a bricklayer and a truck driver, and I tell you – as if you haven’t been told a million times already – that writing is harder. Lonelier. And nobler and more enriching. ”

Hard work. The hardest work of all. It’s confusing to hear writers complain about the fact that they haven’t been writing. That’s like the bricklayer complaining that he hasn’t been laying brick. It’s all about the work, and a decent work ethic will cure most of the woes that beset writers.

Consistant writing overcomes writer’s block, a mythical beast used to explain away an unwillingness to sit and work even when things aren’t going well. Developing a writing schedule keeps away fear of the blank page.

Work overcomes a lack of fresh ideas. Nothing opens up the floodgate of new material more than the creativity unleashed from the act of writing. Simply sit down at the invention of your choice–paper, typewriter, or computer–and get to work. The juices start flowing, and the ideas will be there.

It would seem that the best plan of action for those of us who find ourselves complaining that we have not been writing is as simple as,” Get to work!”

Post your comments below and share what works for you.

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