Loving Writing When It’s Hard

The last few weeks have been stressful and busy, and the next few weeks are going to be much the same. Which means I feel like:

Even things I enjoy, like writing, feel like a chore:

I recently came across this quote from Susan Orlean on writing, which seems particularly helpful when I’m stressed and when the writing is hard:

“You have to simply love writing, and you have to remind yourself often that you love it.”

It’s easy to love writing when the words are flowing and you have the time to focus on your craft. But sometimes you have to remind yourself that you love it and that it’s worth it, even if you only get a few words down at a time.

So if you’re having a rough time and feel like the words aren’t flowing, try to remind yourself that you love writing, even when it’s hard and you feel like you can’t get anything on paper. Loving writing when it’s hard is when you’re at your most writerly.

4 thoughts on “Loving Writing When It’s Hard

  1. sassybookworm says:

    I hate that feeling and often get it in the worst possible situations, I.e exams!! The problem I find is when I know what I want to write but I just can’t find the words that truly express the emotions I want to portray! Do you ever get this feeling?! If so, do you know anything that would solve this reoccurring problem?

  2. Liana says:

    Stumbled across your blog and loving it. Let’s get down to business!” My new fav quote. I love that movie :D. Wishing you all the best with your writing escapades.

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