Friday, February 22, 2013

Flannery Fridays QoTW: The Miserable Work of Writing

When in doubt, there's always coffee

"Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shaking to the system." Flannery O'Connor

"The ones in this book are developed, every one of them, totally from scratch. They to dreamed into existence. And that was just miserable work." Jonathan Franzen, Time Magazine, 2010 on creating characters for Freedom.


Stop believing the lie that ink flows from the pens of great writers without effort; the fingers fly across the keyboard in ferocious endeavor.

Stop believing the lie that only poor writers suffer as you do and find the work irritating and to be avoided at all costs, except for when the project is done and a sense of complete satisfaction permeates the atmosphere.

It doesn't happen like you think it does; everybody struggles. The successful ones kept doing it.

Keep doing it.