Why Writers Need To Push Through the Pain to Get to the Pleasure
Writing is physical work. It’s sweaty work. You just can’t will yourself to become a good writer. You really have to work at it.
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
I have talked before about the importance of warming up before you write. I linked writing to a sport and I am going to follow that line of thinking again. Recently I had a conversation with a colleague regarding training under duress or fatigue training. The theory behind this type of training is that forcing your body and mind to work during times of anxiety and stress, physically and mentally, enables you to increase your acquisition of skills.
A few years ago, I would avoid writing when I was tired, sick, busy, or just because the weather was bad. At the point where I refused to allow anything to stop me writing, I saw not only my amount of work increase but the quality.
Working, and remember writing is work, is the only way to improve. So next time you feel too tired, to put words on the paper, remember that doing so may result in more long-term rewards that waiting until you are at your mental and physical peak.
One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.