How hard can it be?

Good morning, I know it’s too early to be up on a Sunday… but it’s really not worth explaining. First, let’s have some coffee

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How often do you ask yourself ‘how hard can it be?’

I do it quite often, whether it’s regarding dieting, exercising or giving up smoking. Last year I was ranting about how awful a book was that I had been reading at the time (I did not manage to finish it by the way) when my husband asked why didn’t I just write my own book. I thought about it for a few days and thought why not, really how hard can it be?

I started and got all the way to about 60,000 words when I went back to read what I had written. I was horrified by the rubbish that was looking back at me on those pages. The idea wasn’t all that bad, but what came on to paper wasn’t even worthy of a cheap soap-opera. Let’s just say that now I’m down to 43,000 words after many changes, deleting, killing some characters and creating new ones. What did I learn from this experience? It is damn hard to write a book, and if I ever finish this book I will send it to a professional editor and not just for copy editing but for developmental editing. Whether I will ever publish or not, that is an entirely different question, at the end of the day, for me, this is not about publishing but it’s rather a personal challenge, I would truly like to finalise this project.

So, on this note, to all the writers out there, whether you are writing a piece for a newspaper, a report for work, poetry, a play, scripts or a book, I take my hat off to you. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!

Every now and then you need to be reminded to be humble, and there is nothing like trying to do it yourself to realise just how difficult a task can be. But still, please proofread your documents and if you are going to publish (especially self-publishing) I know it’s not cheap but do get your work edited first.

Happy Sunday everyone, hope you have a great one.

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