My heart sank when this ex-journo told me writing is the hardest thing he does every day. But his point was writing is a labor of love. Your writing should always be improving and evolving. If it get’s too easy, you’re not pushing yourself to do your best work.
In hindsight, I think my writing has gone through at least three stages of evolution since entering the work force.
Unclear: Right out of school, my editors/my editing saved my ass. Let’s say I wrote something 50 words in length. Those 50 words probably didn’t communicate as simply and clearly as they could. I’d make associations or assertions that were unclear to the reader, with little transition…basically content that made more sense to me than my readers.
Inefficient: My issues with clarity fixed themselves over time. The writing was doing its job. But I was doing more with more. It took me 100 words to get the point across instead of 50 words. And editors/my editing still saved my ass.
Ever-Evolving: Today, thanks to blogging and work experience, those 100 words are back down to 50 words. My word choice is more muscular as I write more clearly and concisely. Editors/my edits still save my ass, but the challenge is more about what I write instead of how I write.
Writing is a labor of love. What are some of YOUR challenges and solutions to writing? Leave a comment with everything from how you deal with writer’s block, writing exercises and grammar pet peeves to your process and “secret-weapon” reference sites.
I’ll compile the responses into a follow-up post. Or did I just doom myself by ASKING for comments? You tell me – in 50 words or less.