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You Gotta Love The Process

by The Procrastinating Writer on May 8, 2008

This is a really difficult post for me to write, because it is going to expose something that will make me look shallow. But sometimes in life, in order to help other people, you have to put yourself out there and reveal things you would normally bury deep down inside. So here it is…

I hate writing. I don’t want to be a writer, I want to be famous.

Ok, so that’s a tad bit extreme. I do want to be a writer, but I’ve romanticized being a writer so much, that now I can’t even write most days because I’m so paralyzed by fear that I’ll never make it. I’m so worried about getting published that I can’t write.

I’ve fallen out of love with the process of writing (the shitty first draft, the real first draft, editing the first draft, etc), which is truly the thing that’s stopping me from writing.

Unfortunately, this happens to a lot of writers. They like to write, and they hate their day job, so they start dreaming that, by writing a novel, they will get published and get rich and famous and will no longer have to work a day job.

Dreaming of getting published is great. It’s the goal of most writers I’d imagine. But the problem that stems from that dream sometimes is that writers become too focused on getting published. And this focus often causes writers to fall out of love with the process.

So what we need to figure out is–how do we fall back in love with the writing process? How do we get back to writing just for the sake of writing, and not because we think everything we write needs to get published?

This is a topic I plan on revisiting a few times, because I don’t think an answer will be found right away. So for now I throw this question out to you–how would you suggest writers fall back in love with the process? And what about writers that romanticize being a writer? Would you say that you fall into that category?

It’s nice to know there are people out there who feel like I do about writing.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anonymous May 17, 2008 at 10:36 am

I would suggest to go read a book that you love or an author you love. Nothing gets me more inspired (and re-dedicated) to write than reading a great book.

Melissa

2 The Procrastinating Writer May 21, 2008 at 11:12 am

I completely agree, Melissa! I have a book in my fiction genre that I always go back to and read whenever I am losing my nerve or needing some inspiration. Thanks so much for that valuable advice.

-jennifer

3 Andy Bee July 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

Just let the ideas flow – take some dream time in a forest, beside a river, near the sea…whatever inspires you and let your mind wander to the land of What if…

Then write down the ideas whilst they are still fresh…next day is too late, you’ll only remember the bare bones.

Then imagine the idea as if it’s happening to you – for real, not just in your imagination or on film.

Finally, get it down! Even if you only get this much down, you’ve got a story that you can return to or link together with other idea to make a cracking story.

Someone once said that you need three good ideas before a story really comes alive.

Embrace your ideas – make your story live…then love it!

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