How hard can it be? You just sit and make stuff up and write it down, right?
How many times have we heard that…or variations of the same?
They just don’t get it. They don’t understand the hours of research that can and often times will go into a project. They don’t understand the search for the right word or phrase. They have no understanding how difficult it can be to paint pictures with words AND they don’t understand the re-writing and editing process.
Non-writers don’t get it. Should we be angry about their lack of understanding? Well, no. It’s not their fault. Maybe the most they have ever written was that theme in grade school…so they, the non-writers, forget how difficult it was to write a theme of perhaps, 100 words or so.
So, when a non-writer asks, “How hard is it?” Grit your teeth…take a deep breath and pray for patience so you won’t choke the ever lovin’ snot out of the questioner. Smile and say…”Harder than you think.”
Don’t elaborate. They won’t get it.
Stay Calm…Happy Writing and Happy Reading!