No, writing isn't hard, good writing is hard. I can write fast. I can burn through word counts and churn out pages. Problem is, it's a bit shit. I used lots of tired phrases, stuff I've picked up from hundreds of other books. It's like driving on autopilot. I barely notice the sign posts.
So I'm trying to write slow. To go back and re-read what I've written and actually write something meaningful. I might only write a paragraph or two, but at least I'm not bored by what I'm written. I know it's the absolute best I can do with my present level of skill.
And I'm trying to push myself. I'm trying to:
- Write tighter
- Weave subtle clues into my metaphors and adjectives
- Slay the demon of unoriginality
The thing I find hardest is sex. Or damn it, even kissing. It's hard to be original and visceral and not to descend into purple prose when writing sex.
|Find 463 different ways to describe lips without saying lips.|
Having said that, writing a love scene with a woman who is freaking out that she might turn into a banshee at any second gives it its own kind of flavour.
What do you find hardest?