New Month! Plus Writing Is Hard Work, Broken Down…

How’s your week been? Today is the first of February–all right! Last post, I told you about some things I had going on, which will continue on (and lead to more work writing emails for folks, I hope).

Today is also the start of a couple contests I’d like to get into (maybe). One is for adventure fiction for middle-grade kiddles, and the other is to co-author a novel with a famous, uh, author.

Will I be picked for one or both of them? I have no idea. But the middle-grade contest awards prizes to folks who aren’t first place, and at least I can say I tried, right?

That’s something I’m working on–trying. It may seem lame, but you’d be surprised how often people don’t try or say that they’re going to fail before they do (at this point, I usually feel a make-believe slap to the back of my head and realize, oh yeah, that’s part of me that needs to go, too, and never come back). There are times I wonder if I’ll succeed and try to talk myself out of stuff, I won’t dupe you on that one.

“So many other people are entering, maybe I won’t have a chance,” or what-have-ya. I try to push those thoughts away. Writing is hard work. And all parts of that previous sentence mean something, and add to the truth of it.

I think “writing is” means writing will always be here, to an extent because ideas will always be here. We may get to a point where we won’t express things on paper or screens anymore–maybe like a mental whiteboard or something.

Writing is hard because you have to communicate what you’re thinking to people who can’t see or hear you, who you may never meet in real life. And for fiction writers, they have to persuade someone that something that isn’t real at all, really is, at least inside the pages of their story. And for you copywriters, it can be hard because you have to persuade someone to take action when they can’t see your face, hand gestures, or any other something you could use to persuade them in person.

Writing is hard work because there’s work involved, and sometimes research and a lot of reading up on things (or in one case of mine, listening to a webinar). This can tire people out, and sure, I do take breaks. And then, you have to let all that mix around inside of you, measure it with your other knowledge, and come up with something a little different. It doesn’t have to be super-hard, though, but it is work (and sometimes a lot of people don’t understand that, no matter how hard they may try).

Do you find writing easy or hard? What type(s) of writing do you do? Drop me a line in the comments.

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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