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ELIZABETH GEORGE'S WRITE AWAY

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At the end of the chapter in which Elizabeth George shares her writing process, she notes that it might not sound like fun. “Writing is a job like any other. You succeed by virtue of working at it. Is it fun? Goodness no. Riding roller coasters is fun. Skiing is fun. Boogie boarding is fun. I don’t require my profession to be fun. I require it to be satisfying. And for me, writing is exactly that.”
It’s comforting to know that successful authors struggle like we do. I love writing and look forward to every writing session, but I can’t say that writing is easy. New ideas and projects inspire and excite me. I love thinking about them, playing with them. But when it comes to getting scenes that are vivid in my head onto the page, I falter. They don’t always come out the way they are supposed to. The words don’t do the job I intended. But I keep at it, try something different, delete and rewrite. And Elizabeth George is right – it’s not always fun, but when I finally wrestle a scene into shape, it is very rewarding.
Elizabeth George says, “I write because I was meant to write, I was called to write, I was told to write. I write because that’s who I am.”

Ditto.

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writerjenn
Dec. 12th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
I write for the wild crazy fun. ;-)
jennygordon
Dec. 12th, 2014 09:51 am (UTC)
Lol! Great answer, Jenn ;O)

And also, Hi Angela. Thanks for friending me. I look forward to getting to know you.
angeladegroot
Dec. 18th, 2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
Me, too. And thanks for those writing prompts - I'd forgotten how much I love to do these.
jennygordon
Dec. 18th, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. Please do feel free to join in on Fridays and add your 'vignette' to the comments on my blog. The more the merrier!
angeladegroot
Dec. 18th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
Strap yourself in!
kellyrfineman
Dec. 18th, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
Keep on writing. (And I think your scenes are wonderful, but you already know that.)
angeladegroot
Dec. 19th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for being in my corner, cheering me on.
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