What do you think…
I had a good writing day. The words seemed to flow pretty easily, which is not always the case. I used to think that if the writing doesn’t pour out, it probably isn’t very good — that the reader could somehow sense the “effort” and the writing would feel strained, as if you weren’t fully in the world of the story.
Now, I’m not so sure.
Jim Vallely, a good friend of mine, always says that your writing is probably not as good as you think it is… but also not as bad. I’ve found that to be true. When you’re in the moment and the adrenaline is pumping and the words are flying, it always feels like I’m one adjective away from a Pulitzer. Then, after I’ve cooled down, I read it and usually fall into despair. What was I thinking? How could I have loved something this abysmal? The truth, as Jim says, is usually somewhere in between.
I’m now thinking that’s true of easy writing = good writing. Frankly, some things are just harder to write than others. For me, dialogue comes fairly easy and description is often painful — but that doesn’t mean it’s bad or any less valuable.
What do you think?