Monday Musings: The Patience of JOB
It’s no secret I hate my job. It’s boring and the pay isn’t great and most of my coworkers are annoying and I have to drive to crappy downtown Detroit every day. But the benefits are great and in this economy and in this state I’m lucky to have any job at all so I won’t complain too much about it.
It’s tough a lot of days to get out of bed and actually go to work but I usually manage to do it. Why? Because it’s my job and I need money.
For most people writing isn’t really a JOB because they aren’t getting paid for it. It’s more of a hobby. But when it comes to writing a story, sometimes you still got to drag your ass out of bed, grab your lunch pail, and punch the time clock.
Because the thing about writing is that it isn’t all fun and games. In the movies they make it look so easy where the guy/girl sits down at the typewriter/computer and starts furiously typing. But the thing is that A) The actor isn’t typing real words and B) They usually use a montage or something to fast forward the boring parts.
Which is really the point I’m making in my rambling way. Especially when you write a novel, there are bound to be parts that aren’t very interesting to write. I wrote a whole post once about how I don’t really enjoy writing action scenes anymore. But when the time calls for it, I punch in and do it. Why? Because if you ever want to finish something and then maybe get published–or just publish it on Amazon Kindle or something–that’s what you have to do.
Some people cheat and write the end or the more exciting parts first. I can’t do that because if I did, I wouldn’t ever go back and do the rest of it. Also that would really fuck things up if I’m writing something and decide to change part of the earlier plot, although that can happen anyway.
The point remains though that when you’re writing it’s not always going to be “fun.” At those times, just remember to be patient with yourself and get through it. One day, one chapter, one sentence, or even one word at a time if you have to.
Wednesday all your questions won’t be answered! It’s an entry about how much to leave unanswered…