Friday, September 13, 2013

The Hardest Part About Writing Is...

1. Writing every day. I'm tired. I'm hungry. I should clean the house. I'm not feeling well.  My brain is tired. My blog needs updating. Even though I love writing, I seem to always have a million excuses.
2. Finding the right words.  (I probably spend 75% of my writing time with the thesaurus out, because I want a word that means "touch" but it isn't the word "touch" and I can't remember it, although it's on the tip of my tongue...
3. Feeling good about writing.  The more involved I am in a story, the more I think it's complete and utter shit.  For example, right now I hate my novel and cannot wait to put it aside and start writing my new MG fiction manuscript.
4. Sticking to one project at a time.  See above.  I used to allow my mind to go wherever it wanted, but that just left me with three boxes full of unfinished work.  Now I know I have to follow through on projects before I start new ones.
5. Talking about your work.  It's your baby, and talking about it makes you vulnerable and opens everything up for negativity.  Not only that, but you're so close to it that it's hard to explain.  I took part in a twitter pitch contest the other day and it was unbelievably hard to pitch my novel in UNDER 140 characters.  I had to enlist my best friend for some help, and of course, she kicked way more ass than I had.
6. Finding out things you don't know. I literally just sent an email to a company that produces uniforms for big companies.  Why?  Because I have no earthly idea what the ushers wear at The Met, and I need to know this desperately because my main character IS ONE.  Would you believe that NO amount of Googling, YouTubing (or asking my friends) has unearthed an answer?  I need to see a show there, obviously that is the "easy" answer, but it's not in my financial cards right now.

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