On the hard days of Writing

The hard days are those that you sit in front of the screen and nothing come out, the juices of creativity are dry, and in order to write 500 words you need a whole morning, assuming you force yourself yo stay there.

I love the days that writing simply flows, that I sit in my desk and the ideas, the characters, the story simply flows, the days that this feels easy, the days that write make me smile. Those are the easy days. The hard days are exactly the opposite, you sit there and you can’t type, you make more mistakes in the spelling, and what finally comes out it’s awful.

Steven Pressfield in his master piece “The war of Art” make a distinction between the professional writer, and the rest. The professional writer, sit and write, even when he don’t feel like it, even on the hard days, he or she fight Resistance and continue. For the longest time, I was writing only on the easy days, on the days that feels easy, the days that Resistance (also defined by Pressfield in his book) was distracted and allowing me to work without distractions.

I have learn that you will get easy days, but more of the writing days are going to be hard ones, are going to be full of Resistance, full of fears. You will, like me, strive for those easy days, and will enjoy them and cherish them, but will be hard ones that will bring you to the easy ones and not the other way around. If you want the easy ones only, you will never write, you will never show up, you will never earn the respect from Resistance or the muse. They will continue showing up at random intervals, but will never come to you with the incredible stuff, will never respect you enough, to see that you are working hard to show up and instead of bring you more easy days, will put in your journey more hard ones.

On the easy days, I love to be a writer, on the hard ones, I love to have written.

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Augusto Pinaud

Augusto Pinaud es Coach de Tecnología de Productividad Bilingüe, Especialista en Nozbe Teams. Augusto trabaja con dueños y gerentes de pequeñas empresas, ejecutivos y profesionales en productividad, tecnología y mejora de procesos utilizando una variedad de tecnologías de productividad.

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