“What’s the hardest part of being a writer?” someone asked me recently.
I didn’t need to even stop to think about it. My answer was immediate.
When I first began writing for publication, I had a dreadful, heavy, wooden chair. Solid. Unmovable. It didn’t roll around the room. It didn’t lean, tilt, or offer even the slightest comfort. Sitting in that chair required a great deal of endurance.
I no longer have that chair, but I learned a lot about writing from it.
- I learned that it’s easy to make excuses and avoid sitting down, but I learned, too, that nothing gets accomplished that way.
- I learned patience. I learned persistence.
- I learned that writer’s block exists only in our heads. We can always write something if we’ll just sit down and do it.
- I learned that a solid foundation will always support us. In life. In writing. In whatever we do.
- I learned that pillows can always bring a bit of comfort.
Actually, I’m joking about the last one. I never used a pillow while sitting in that chair. I didn’t need to, because after a while, I got accustomed to the feel of the hard wooden back and seat. As I sat writing, getting lost in my stories, I reached a point where I no longer gave a thought to comfort. So caught up was I in the lives of my characters, I no longer felt my own body.
At one time, I sat in that chair for twelve hours straight, with only the occasional “necessary” break. How did I do it? I just did. Why did I do it? Because I love writing, and doing what we love is always worth a little discomfort.
I soon began to notice one interesting phenomenon. Each morning when I said “All right, it’s time to write,” I would sit down, and then immediately get up again. It was sort of like Pavlov’s dogs salivating at the sound of the bell. Sit down. Get up. Immediately.
I worried a bit. Was I really not wanting to write? Was I looking for a way to avoid it? Nope. When I took a closer look and realized why I got up from the chair, it made sense.
- I got up to attend to any “necessary” business.
- I got up to grab a bite to eat.
- I got up to fix a cup of tea.
- I got up to take care of any pressing chores on my to-do list.
- I got up to see that everything was settled around me.
I got up, knowing that once I returned to that miserable, hard-backed chair, I wouldn’t be getting up again for a long, long time. Once assured that I could write without interruption, I sat down, and I stayed there.
Everyone who’s ever said “I want to be a writer” has heard those words of wisdom: Sit down in the chair…and then, stay there.
Maybe in some ways it is the hardest part of being a writer, but there are lots of lovely pillows to grab. So pick a pretty one, make yourself comfortable, and get busy.
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