Writing Is Easy And It Is Hard

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Neil Gaiman is right. Writing is easy – and it’s hard.

We writers have a story in our head, and we want it written. That’s what we love doing; the book is what we want to accomplish.

But there is so much more. The characters, the plot, the genre, the word count, the editing, the cover, the formatting, the copyright, the beta reading, the hope and the fears.

Many of us, I figure, have the same fears that I have: Is the story as good as I hope it will be? Could I have done better? What does the reader want? What do the readers say? How are the reviews going to be? Is the book the way I wanted it to be? Are my characters the way I imagined them? There are so many more questions my fear, right now, won’t release.

In many ways, our passion is easy: just a keyboard (or a piece of paper and a pen), and we’re on it. But still, it is hard work. Do we think about everything we learned? Is the story the way we had it in our head?

And the writing is only one part. The ones of us who planned to go the self-publishing way, our work only start started with the publishing date. The networking, the marketing, getting the word and the book out there.

I think I’m not the only one who would love to write, just write and write and write… but then, I want my stories to be read too. And when it comes to that, I need to get all this work done.

That’s the hard part for me. (Apart of all fears and nightmares, of course).

So, yes. Neil Gaiman is right. Writing is easy – and it’s hard.

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Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman, (born Neil Richard Gaiman 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films.

His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals.

He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards. (Source: Wikipedia)

14 thoughts on “Writing Is Easy And It Is Hard

  1. Thank you, Aurora. The trouble is we are all human, and humans embrace many frailties including self-doubt, procrastination and fear. That trio presents a huge barrier to whatever task we take on and we need – but don’t always achieve – to rise above them. I know because I fell (notice past tense)in that category. First comes procrastination because of self-doubt and then fear itself. Let these three win and you may as well put down your pen and pick up knitting needles. I’ve discovered we have to feed the need (whatever that is) within us and nurture it until it becomes a passion. It isn’t easy if you’re a shy violet or a too-passive person but it can be done. There will always be leaders and followers (and in the long ago past, the guy who followed the horse with a spade and bucket often did more than okay…) Being a plodder doesn’t sound very desirable, most need a quicker outcome… but it’s better than being a failure. Anything worth doing well is usually hard work. No-ones fighting for my autograph just yet, but I’ve won a few modest prizes and once reached No. 1 in Kindle’s Memoir & Social History category. If I can do it, YOU can. There are strengths hiding in between our weaknesses, we just need to find them. Fan passions, believe you will succeed and you will.. Believe in yourself. Hugs. x.

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    1. Dear Joy,
      Thank you very much for your wonderful encouraging comment! I try my best. Sometimes there are just doubts. Let’s see what happens if that first book of the series will be published. 🙂
      Again thank you. I really appreciate it.

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  2. I SO relate to this post, Aurora. Writing is the easy part (most of the time) and the real drudgery work begins after the story is written. And yet we continue to do it. We must be a little crazy. 🙂 Actually, it’s called a passion. Thanks for the post.

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  3. I love this post Aurora because it is so true, the quote is fab. I am going to look up that author now because of your post 🙂
    Thank you for posting – also I found your blog because you liked my guest post on Rachel Poli’s page, so thank you for reading and liking that.
    Happy writing.

    PS. Aurora is my favourite girls name, I think it is so pretty 🙂


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