And, oh yes, you CAN write ‘til it hurts.
As a writer, it hurts when:
· No matter how much you have already written, there is always more to write, and even more to edit.
· Word counts rule your life.
· The perfect word choice is on the tip of your tongue, and you just can't latch on to it.
· Time is never on your side.
· You're writing about something you couldn't care less about.
· You don't have the time to tell the full story exactly the way you want to.
· Your hard drive crashes. Eek!
· You realize just how challenging this career you've chosen is!
· You write in the evening after writing all day at work – exhausting.
· You observe that people like Snookie have a book deal and you don't.
· You find grammar and usage errors everywhere you look--billboards, magazines, restaurant menus, email marketing--and there is nothing you can do to fix it!
On the other hand, it feels absolutely great when:
· You rush out of the shower dripping on the hardwoods just so you can write down some fantastic idea before it's gone forever.
· You manage to meet the aggressive deadline you've set for yourself.
· You bang out the perfect book chapter in record time.
· You share your work with another person, and you feel proud.
· You know just what will hook your reader.
· You have the PERFECT opening line.
· You know exactly what your book cover will look like (and one day you'll see it for real).
Writers out there—do you have a love/hate relationship with the craft? What would you add to these lists?