One of the reasons people often decide to write is for the joy of it. There is a good deal of fun in being able to sit down and create something that wasn’t there before.
It’s a joy that, I suspect, soon gets lost amidst the heavy learning curve that constitutes writing.
You know – when you start off not knowing what you don’t know, everything looks easy (= fun). Except suddenly it isn’t.
There’s also the issue of deadlines. Get rolling on a published career, and they’ll intrude soon enough. After a while they can also make writing a bit of a dogged exercise, even if it was fun to write the original draft.
Add to that the need to hustle – to keep finding new places to sell the work or to promote what’s already out there – and the whole thing swiftly turns into something of a chore.
Sure, the joy’s still there, but the other bits tend to be rather like a ‘day job’ and sometimes not all that much fun.
My recommended cure is ‘recreational writing’ – sit down for a couple of hours and write something for the joy of it. Don’t expect to sell it.
Actually, you might expect to throw it away at the end of it.
But it’s going to be fun.
Do you write ‘for the fun of it’ that way?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016