“What is written without effort is in generally read without pleasure.”
— Samuel Johnson
www.inkthinkerblog.com — If there was ever a man with a knack for getting right to the point, it was Samuel Johnson. We’re talking about the same guy who said, “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” While writing for pay is entirely up to you, I do implore you as one of your potential future readers to write with effort.
I don’t believe that writing should be a chore, but it shouldn’t be easy, either. Just as a sharp knife cuts easily through even the toughest obstacle, finely honed writing can get right into the soul of your reader. If your first draft is a breeze, good for you. Just don’t assume you’re done yet. Earlier this week I told you to turn off your inner editor. This is indeed key to getting that first draft out of your head and onto the page. But once it’s there, now is the time the real work begins: the work of revising, of killing your darlings, of perfecting your product.
Done and imperfect is worlds better than never done because I’ll never get it perfect — don’t get me wrong. There’s a middle ground, though, between laboring intensely for scores of hours or dashing off words, Devil may care. Find it and embrace it, and your readers will reward you with their eyes, their hearts, and their minds.
Do you believe writing can and/or should be easy?
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