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F is for fun

August 1, 2012

In his blog, we’ve covered the fact that writing is work. That you have to strap up, sit down, and (by damn) make words, sentences, and paragraphs. That sometimes you have to write when you’d rather sleep, watch TV, or go outside and play. We’re writers. It’s what we do.

And all of that’s true. Stephen King didn’t get to be Stephen King by fiddling around on Facebook when he’d be better served by pounding out a couple chapters. JK Rowling didn’t sit in a cafe and stare at the guys walking by. And you’re not going to get where you want to be by cleaning out your e-mail.

On the other hand, if it’s never fun, maybe you shouldn’t be writing. We don’t talk about the fun of writing too much. We talk about hard work and an almost primal need to write. But we don’t talk about fun very often.

Fun is motivational. When you do something you really enjoy, you’ll tend to want to do it again.

For me, it’s fun when I have two characters who dialog makes me laugh inside. When they have a certain magic together and the writing is light and witty and flows without a lot of effort on my part, that’s a lot of fun. I enjoy it, almost as if I’m writing something someone else wrote.

You can call it being fed by your muse or hitting your zone, but if you want to succeed as a writer, the process has to be at least a little bit fun. You have to dig it and look forward to it.

There’s enough about this entire process that isn’t fun–the meetings with the agents and the revisions and the inevitable rejection letters that would kill an entire phalanx of forests, if not for their electronic location in your inbox. If you’re going to stick it out in this craft, it has to be fun, too.

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One Comment
  1. August 1, 2012 10:40 am

    Fun is killing an evil alien on a distant planet.

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