Easy isn’t always better

Those words I heard from Pastor Bill this morning linger in my ears as I wrap up another day of writing.  I’ve asked a friend to be my writing coach, to help me get my book It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This closer to the finish line. Or at least closer to a complete first draft!  I committed to send her a detailed outline and a couple of sample chapters by the end of the weekend. It’s been hard work.

Easier isn’t always better. And when it comes to writing, easier is almost never better. Sure, every once in a blue moon we may experience the gift of a letter, an essay, or a paper writing itself — but I know it doesn’t usually happen that way.  Even the most celebrated writers struggle with putting pen to paper, or today, putting fingers to the key board. A recent NY Times article noted that “On the computer in Philip Roth’s Upper West Side apartment these days is a Post-it note that reads, “The struggle with writing is over.”

So don’t beat yourself up when it doesn’t come easy.  It doesn’t come easy to most of us.

Author: suzettemullenharrel

I write memoir, and I coach students through the college and graduate school admissions essay writing process.

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