Is Writing supposed to be HARD?

Over a year ago, I started to take my writing more seriously. For most of my life, I have wanted to be an author. But the problem was I never did anything about it, well not really. While I was in college, I tried my hand in a few stories but never finished them. I got to about eighty pages and got distracted with everything life managed to throw at me.  After I graduated and got my first job, I had a moment of clarity. If I wanted to become an author one day, I needed to start now so I decided to hop on the train and never looked back. I learned about plots, characters arcs, story structure etc. But the one the thing I kept hearing is that: Writing is hard. Writing is rewriting.

Even though I kept encountering the statement, I didn’t believe it, how can writing be that hard. And if I get a good draft out, there was no way I would have to rewrite it maybe tweak a few sentences but that would be about it. Besides I had done it before and it wasn’t that hard (of course my stories before were rather short and had little structure).

Last year when April came around, I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. It was such a rush and it gave me anxiety but I was determined to get to 50,000. At first it was great and my word count was adding up pretty nicely.  But then putting out that daily word count slowly got harder to manage and by the time the month was over I felt happy because I had won but drained. When I started to revise that mess I realized that I had a lot of rewriting to do.  What happened to my idea of the perfect draft?

I told myself I could improve. I would learn more about story structure and surely next time it wouldn’t be so hard. I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo last month and writing that story was even harder.  My beginning didn’t feel right, the words were just wrong. I ended up starting over twice causing me to lose NaNoWriMo.

I put a lot effort into my work to make it great. The crazy thing is I love writing more now because it is hard. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I just need a break and I walk away. But I am always lured back into the story.  I am constantly pushing myself to get my daily word count goals done, thinking of new ways to improve my plot and characters. I believe if writing were meant to be easy, we as writers would never learn from it. I have learned so much about writing craft in the past year that my brain sometimes feels like it might explode and the thing is I don’t ever want to stop learning. Being a writer is learning to adapt even when things appear to be impossible.

So writing is indeed meant to be hard but that is just my opinion tell me what you think in the comments below.

Do you find writing to be easier as you write more stories?

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The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd-Book Review

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

Summary:Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood. Taken from Goodreads

Initial Reaction: EE please give me the second book now!

Going into this book I knew very little about H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau which the story is based off but one day I hope to read it. It seems like it would be an interesting story.

What I liked:

1. The Writing! The prose was like a dose of poetry making the journey a smooth ride. I think out of everything the writing is what made this book stand out. It was so good that I wanted to burn all the words I wrote on my WIP that day. Curse you for your beautiful words Megan!

2. When I found out about the love triangle I rolled my eyes but this one is done so well. I adored Juliet and her two love interests. I found myself cheering for both guys. No matter who Juliet ended up picking she still held on to her independence which is something I love a female protagonist to have.

3. Juliet’s father’s creations. I am not going to give anyway any spoilers but oh my that ending when beep does beep I almost screamed! Those things were kind of creepy and it was a beautiful thing.

What I didn’t like:

Hmm…I got nothing! Ok maybe there were slow spots and I wasn’t happy how the book ended I wanted more.

Overall:

I loved this book. It was a fast and enjoyable read!

Would I recommend this book? Yes especially if you enjoy creepy things!

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