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    Is writing ever a chore for you???

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Manutebecker, May 7, 2009.

    Even the greatest novelists admit that writing can often just suck. There are times when you have a story in your head or you've proofed so much that you just want to step away from the keyboard, but press on regardless. I will admit that sometimes, yes, writing is a chore. I'm trying to stand beside my "1000 quality words" a day program, and some days I'm at a loss for words or just want to read or do something else.
     
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    Is writing a "chore"? Is it "work"? Is it sometimes difficult? Yep. And, I love the challenges, opportunities and demands as much as I love those moments of inspired writing where everything seems to flow easily. To me writing is like any other valued relationship . . . it takes work to get the most out of it.
     
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    Of course it is, at times. Just like anything else worth doing.
     
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    This is what I love about Writing Forum. If you had posted this question on, let's say, YahooAnswers, you might've been attacked with things like "Well, if it's so hard maybe you shouldn't be a writer..." blah. blah. BLAH! Yes sometimes it IS hard, sometimes--when every word I type, it still doesn't flow right--I just want to run and eat some icecream while I watch some sort of action movie to get my mind off it a little while. I just wrote 157 pages of a first draft and couldn't stand looking at the mess I created, so with the ending in mind, I ventured out and started the Second draft. It gave me a cleaner feeling knowing I was "Fixing" the bad stuff, and improving the good.
    Sorry for rambling, but it is nice to know that I'm not the only one who sometimes struggles putting those 1000 words down everyday.
    Later ;)
     
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    Maybe it's the 1000 words a day that's making it a chore for you. I don't have a definite goal for each day. I write when I'm in the mood or if I have something interesting to write down. Sure writing's challenging, but it's far from being a chore IMO.
     
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    Yes it is. Most of the time it's incredibly satisying and comes natural. Sometimes though, it feels like something I have to do, not because I don't want to but some days are harder than others.

    Recently though, it's been easier than it's ever been because the project I'm currently working on I consider my best ever and(and this is why we should write) I'm just having a hell of a fun time doing it.
     
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    At first it was never a chore. I never really took it seriously enough. So because of such i struggled and procrastinated beyound belief. A few months ago i decided to get real and treat it like a job. I diciplined myself and said "Look you have so many ideas in your head, start writing them." I gave myself a goal of 1,500 words a day. And some days its a very big chore to actually write. But im not suffering from writers block, the book is already in my head. So i do my chore every single day, and now i get further and further with each one. So its a chore, but its a good chore that i'll look back in a few months and be glad i have it.
     
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    Writing is just a very enjoyable hobby for me, and so when it's becoming a chore I simply stop writing for the time being until it becomes enjoyable again. Since I'm not doing it professionally, when I sit down and write I want to enjoy every moment of it instead of working through it. But yes, those moments come up often where I can't get anything done so I have to say it would be a chore if I let it.
     
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    Stop writing. Step away and turn your back on your pc, laptop, journal. Walk around and set your mind to all the chores you have to do to keep your pad 'livable'. Unless you're the type who likes living in a mess, you'll do what's necessary to keep your place clean and workable, moving things about and making sure there's nothing undesirable hanging around to impede your progress. You'll also keep your windows clean and pay your bills, and then there's your garden with everything you have to do to keep it just the way you like. All the chores we need to do to keep things right. Just like writing.:)
     
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    I find it a bit of a chore sometimes, usually when i'm starting something new and I have to sit and plan it and come up with names for people, things like that.

    Also sometimes i find myself just wanting to skip large sections of a story because i want to get to an interesting bit, so then i find it difficult to focus as much and keep writing that less interesting section.
     
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    Some parts I enjoy writing, other parts I don't. But what I write is for a purpose that even I don't fully appreciate, so it's not a chore. I do it because it needs doing, and no-one else will do it.
     
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    For me it is not so much writing that becomes a chore, for the most part once i know where to go it just flows. But sometimes i get great ideas, but struggle finding ways to connect them, or find a good way that is both fresh and entertaining to write them. So for me it is not as much the writing facet that gets me, but sometimes applying the ideas i come up with. But as it has been said before, Writing is definitely a challenge. A challenge that is worth the fight.
     
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    Writing itself is not the chore; it's trying to get it out that is. I think much faster than I can type or handwrite - and I'm a fast typist -, and then I leave words/large sections out, put sentences down wrong ... it can be a real mess. I'm impatient to get my thoughts on paper, and physically, it's impossible to keep up at times. That's the chore for me. The waiting, the agonizing over going back to fill in the blanks. I've been thinking about investing in a mini voice recorder.
     
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    For me it is mostly a chore when editing. I suck at it. I don't enjoy it one bit. But I'm slowly -- I stress the word slowly -- getting better at it.
     
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    nope!... never has been, can't see how it ever could be... to me, writing is like breathing... i can't not do it... and it's as close to 'automatic' as anything unmechanical can get...
     
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    Yes writing can be hard, especially the knuckling down to the start of a session for me at least. You've (or at least me) got to stop making excuses and get on with it.

    Here I also find targets can help. But for me it is a set number of hours per day spent at the computer rather than a word count. Sometimes I produce mush quality stuff and others not.

    It is of course the quality of your writing that really matters, there's no sense in writing a load of rubbish.

    The point being, targets can help provide some necessary writing discipline.

    I find that when I've written something good, I find it rewarding.

    Writing is ultimately a compulsion, which is perhaps why we all do it.
     
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    It's only a chore when I try to force it.

    Never try to write when your creative juices aren't flowing. You'll only get frustrated and more crumpled up paper balls will be added to your trashcan. -_-
     
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    On a personal level, I haven't noticed writing ever being a chore; the act of writing is cathartic and enjoyable enough that I've never had an issue. On a professional level, though, such as writing toward a prompt, word count, or paid deadline, I've definitely found it choresome. While I'll always love the writing, I can't always say the same for its darker, professional side.
     
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    Honestly if I go a day without writing I start feeling really bogged down because I *have* to get words down on paper. It's like an impulse that can't be controlled. I *have* to write or I'll go crazy. Even if it's just something random that I'll never worry about or toss in the trash later, I have to write it just to get it out of my head. I have enough words in my head...the more I can get out of it, the better I feel.

    ~Lynn
     

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