That Settles it, “Writing is Hard.” -Yeats


“A line will take us hours maybe,
Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought,
Our stitching and unstitching have been naught.
Better go down upon your marrow bones
And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones
Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather—
For to articulate sweet sounds together
Is to work harder than all these, and yet
Be thought an idler by the noisy set
Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen
The martyrs call the world. “

So there you have it: writing is hard work. Now, the question remains, what will you do with this condemnation? Will you pitter and patter and moan and groan (which is my general state): or, will you buckle up and DO the hard thing, the work?

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7 Comments

  1. “Will you pitter and patter and moan and groan (which is my general state): or, will you buckle up and DO the hard thing, the work?”

    I really like this post and the last line is essentially what it boils down for every writer/aspiring author. With hand on my heart, I can say that I do the hard work and write. I do it every night.

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  2. Reblogged this on Tania Marie and commented:
    I thought this would be a great post for my Monday Musings from The Writer’s Corner and in alignment with my being back to full time writing focus. Writer, Nicholas Andriani poses a great question. What will you do about the writing you feel called to do? Give up or fight it the whole way because it’s hard, challenges you around every corner, and takes patience and commitment, or embrace the challenge and do your best to enjoy the wonderfully wild ride and the rich experience it has to offer? Personally, I’m choosing to buckle up, as Nicholas puts it, and go the long haul with all of my heart no matter what the end result will be. After a long hiatus from my writing, it’s a big shift and was hard to return to, but once making that commitment and leap, I realize why I felt called to write in the first place.

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