What Do You Like or Dislike About Writing?
Today’s post is unique. We’re all going to share about what we like and or dislike about writing. The topic is something to think and discuss about. In 200-500 words write about what you like or dislike about writing in the comments. I will post my response below.
Everyone has their own opinion about writing. The opinions range from good to bad. I myself have an opinion on what I like and dislike about writing. I’ll begin with what I like about writing. The creativity that comes along with writing is my primary delight in writing. I like that I’m able to plan and create a world of my own.
Giving life to characters and places is entertaining. Writing can keep you busy. To most people it’s a job, and for others it’s a coping mechanism and a hobby. For everyone else writing is both a hobby and a job. The crafting of words when it comes to writing is quite challenging. I like it because it forces you how to structure your words effectively. Depending on how well you structure your words you can captivate an audience.
I also like reading other people’s writing. Whether it’s an essay, short story or novel I like learning how others write. When you meet other writers you build friendships. It helps having writers as friends as a writer; peer-to-peer reviews, group meetings and group brainstorming helps writers improve themselves. No matter how well you write you will always need others to look over your writing. Other writers can catch mistakes you might overlook. The great thing about having writers as friends is writers can help inspire each other with new ideas.
Like all hobbies there are reasons why we find them unlikable. There is one thing that writers and non-writers dislike about writing is writer’s block. Writer’s block is the most arduous obstacle anyone can face. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a topic that’s easy for you to discuss on paper; writer’s block will hinder you. Distractions are normal in life but as a writer it makes it difficult to focus. Your mind will trail off if you’re hyperactive or have some form of ADD.
Other times there are background noises from people in your home, talking from people around you in public places making you write something you’re not supposed to. There’s also the factor of the weather. Sunny days will compel you to look out the window more and give you an urge to go outside. Time is another important factor with writing. School, work, career and family obligations will take your writing time away. These important factors will put your writing on hold for days, weeks, and even months.
It’s important to find a balance for your busy schedule if you’re on the path in becoming a successful writer or author. Your writing will suffer if you don’t have a balance-able schedule. Health is another important factor with your writing. If you’re sick, you won’t able to focus on your writing when sneezing, fevers, chills and headaches occur. Being sick is also a factor of time if you’re not well enough to work. Staying healthy and having time for other important things in your life brings success and depth in your writing.
Finally, the main unlikable factor in writing is if it fails. Writers don’t like it if a story or a novel doesn’t work at all. At some point in your writing career you will always hit a snag or come to the conclusion where a story isn’t going anywhere at all. This is not to discourage you, it happens to many writers, myself included. It is frustrating that a story won’t work well especially if it’s an original concept. Writers get inspired from other author’s works.
They also get inspired from events or stories other people spoke orally. So original concepts take a lot of work and it can be crushing when other people don’t see success for it. That’s why it’s important to keep working hard and read more.
What I’ve learned since I started taking writing seriously for two years is this; there will always be days when you can’t come up with something to write. There are times where you’ll experiment with something already done but written with your concept. There will be stories that you write that will be horrible and something you’ll rip up and forget about. That’s the life of a writer, no matter what shortcuts you’ll find. In conclusion of this prompt here’s a quote from writer Larry L. King, “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”