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ProAm Tip #42 - I’ll tell you what I know.

February 14, 2019

Writing is constantly, consistently mistaken for what it truly is.

 

Writing isn’t a creative endeavor. Writing isn’t a magical, muse-inspired party of wonderfully creative and joy-inducing days filled with effortless invention.

 

Writing isn’t a mental job.

 

Writing isn’t writing.

Creating is the act of invention. Creation is the art of crafting something totally new. Creating is a magical, muse-inspired party.

Writing is not creating. Writing is typing. That’s what it is. You’re a stenographer, a typesetter, a manual labor monkey. Eek-eek.

 

When people say ‘writing’ is hard, what they mean is ‘typing’ is hard. Writing as a creative act is the easiest work there is: you’re sitting or standing or walking or daydreaming, or however you do it, but it’s all mental. There’s little to no physical involvement.

 

When ‘writing is used to mean typing, you’re talking about physical involvement. Physical labor. And let me tell you something, kids: --- Writing is hard fucking work.

 

Writing, at its core, on the surface, and from top-to-bottom, side-to-side hard goddamned work.

 

Writing is a physical activity. Writing is a physical act.

People use ‘writing’ as a catch-all word to describe every part of the process, but I’m going to be that guy and tell you that you’re using it incorrectly.

 

Writing, like any physical activity, is about practice. You need practice to be a better runner. You need practice to be a better carpenter. You need practice to be a better painter. Any act that demands a physical exertion from you is an activity you need to practice and train at.

 

Writing is, as Edison noted about genius, 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. As Stephen King said, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates a talented individual from a successful one is a lot of hard work.