Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Easiest Part of Writing...?

Hey everyone, my topic for today is "the easiest part of writing." There really isn't an easiest part when it comes to writing. It doesn't matter how long you've been writing because while there are areas where I feel I've come a long way in, I don't necessarily consider them easy.

There's a saying that, "writing is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration." I tried to find out where that came from, but only found what Thomas Edison's thoughts on genius, "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." So I guess writers have it made. *laughs*

I agree with the writing quote since I have several ideas for novels and novellas, yet getting them down and then revising them -- let alone finding publication -- can be much more challenging. Why? It involves that large dose of perspiration. Some days it's a concentrated effort to sit down and write, yet it's easy to lean back, daydream for a moment, and get  the greatest idea for a new story.

So, what do I feel most comfortable with? That's probably a better term than "easy." I enjoy coming up with new story and character ideas. Meeting new and intriguing people and figuring out what odds are against them and what they want is always really exciting for me.

There's also dialogue. I enjoy writing dialogue because that allows the characters the opportunity to show their personalities through the words they say, or don't say. I've met people who have a hard time writing dialogue, but I just think of it as if I'm watching my hero and heroine talk like I'm watching them on the movie screen in my head. Basically, just listen to the voices in your head. No, you're not crazy. You're a writer!

What about you? What do you feel most comfortable with when it comes to writing? I'd love to hear what y'all have to say.


  1. Generating ideas and Brainstorming can be fun.

    Everything else is hard work. Particularly getting whats in my head on the page. There is a large disconnect there. ;)

  2. Great blog Sarah! :)

    I love starting a new story, that moment when anything is possible... And then I love the race to the end when everything is coming together and it looks for a moment like the good guys can't possibly win... My fingers fly over the keyboard at the point!

    But you're right none of it is "easy"... You have to work and make yourself put in the time...

    Lisa :)

  3. I think your quote about inspiration and perspiration came from Samuel Clemens, but I could be wrong. It's all hard! But I love it.