31:19 – Hard Writing

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”   –Neil Gaiman

Writing for me at times comes easy, but mostly it comes hard. Which is why for the past several months, until this 31 Day challenge, I had only written about once a month.  And most of that was not even my best writing.  On a day when the writing flowed it was easy to dash off some words and post.  Other days, words were lurking, but they were harder to corral and the motivation was low, so they hid beneath the surface begging to be brought to life in ordered chaos.  They would have been hard, but they would have been good. And probably worth it.

The good writing is harder to let go of because it is the writing that tears your soul apart.  The writing you’re not sure you want to share with the world.  So, if you write it at all, you tuck it away in crates and journals to read again in two or ten years and you go on living on the surface writing the easy stuff when it breezes by and hoping that you have enough “fans” (I use this term loosely) to keep up the facade that you actually are a writer.

When you are willing to face the hard stuff and put your good writing out there it won’t matter to you if it’s read by one or one million all that will matter is that you wrote the good.

writing in grace,