Thursday, March 11, 2010


Writing is hard. Really hard. It is, according to Paul Silva of How to Write A Lot, "frustrating, complicated, and un-fun." He quotes New York journalist Wiliam Zinsser (2001) as saying, "If you find that writing is hard, it's because it is hard."

I tell myself this on days like today. Days when I need to start what will be a huge revision process. Days I avoid that by spending an hour with second graders who are trying to find whether they can use electromagnetic forces to erase gravity.

Defying gravity.

Suitable to writing, don't you think?

And now, my pen to paper, the ink seeps from that invisible pull.

(Extra love-points for anyone who knows why that image is included.)


Catherine Denton said...

It's so true! I've stepped away and come back to my WIP several times lately. I haven't seen Wicked so I have no clue why that photo's included. Curious though...

Shannon O'Donnell said...

You are right - we're playing the opposite game today. My post is what it is today, because I've been feeling like your post! :-)

Wendy aka Quillfeather. said...

Stepping away from your ms is always a good idea. Gives the brain a chance to recharge.

Keep at it :)

dainsma said...

I only know because I watch Glee! Do I win?

Jennie Englund said...

Yes, Genny! You win! That's Idina Menzel as the Wicked Witch of the West in the Broadway musical "Wicked."

"Defying Gravity" was redone in "Glee" when Kurt and Rachel dueled for the lead in the Diva-Off.