I’ve only been blogging for a few months now, but there is something that I notice each and every time I go surfing for a few good blogs to read. I usually stick to the Writing section of WordPress since that is what I am most interested in, and one thing I see quite a lot is people FORCING themselves to write. Their blog will center around how they feel bad that they haven’t written as much as they like, or just can’t find the motivation to jump back into writing. They may not go out and say it, but it really seems like they’re not having fun. Which causes me to ask, why do it if you don’t enjoy it?
Now don’t get me wrong I understand where they are coming from. For the longest time I would force myself to sit down and write a set amount of words a couple of times a week. What I found is that I would literally dread the days I had picked out to do my writing. I would sit there and struggle and would find myself checking to see if I had completed my quota of words. Suddenly this thing that I had enjoyed so much had turned into a chore.
I’d like to think that the reason we decided to write is because we enjoy it. We enjoy telling stories, we enjoy creating worlds, and we enjoy crafting interesting characters. For myself the best writing I do is when I am in the “Zone”, I will sit there crank out several chapters and at the end feel not only a sense of accomplishment, but a sense that I just had a good time. I truly believe in order to write something we are really proud of and want others to read we need to have fun doing it. It may not always be easy but I think writing should be something you look forward to doing, not something you feel an obligation to do.
I will not step off my soapbox 😉