I still think I’m a hard worker, but I’ve realized I like my work to be easy on my mind.
Talk about lazy.
I grew up on a farm in Missouri, and while farming is certainly a lot of physical hard work, that’s not the end of it. My parents put a good deal of planning and figuring out and decision making and willingness to learn and make changes into their work.
There’s nothing easy about being a writer.
When I first started studying the writing craft, I learned that a writer should always be willing to rewrite. Make changes. As a teenager I thought, “No way.”
When I came back to writing in my 50s, I accepted this rewriting task as something necessary. Again and again. Changing and deleting whole sections. Yes, getting rid of those really catchy phrases which sound so good to me, if they don’t work for someone who checks out my writing.
But I still have lessons to learn.
Writing every day.
Marketing. Studying the writing craft through books, classes, websites, critiques from other writers. Research. Writing to specific topics or assignments
I had to accept research as a part of my work. I want my stories to be accurate in detail, to ring true to readers.
I had to accept that I had much to learn. I had to listen to other people who’d been doing this job longer than I had. I had to realize that I didn’t always know best.
As a writer, I needed to accept that things change, in the market and in the way techniques are used today different from the past.
And write every day.
No, this isn’t simple, easy work. But it’s worth it, and it’s important, and it can be fun.
Writing is a job. Be willing to study and learn and listen to others and redo and fail and get up and work. And work some more.