I’m pretty sure I did. And I’m pretty sure my mentors told me writing is hard work and yet I remember how surprised I was when I made my own transition from the high of writing when I was inspired and only when inspired to the sober commitment to write even when I wasn’t.
It’s hard to show up when you’re not bursting with a great idea. It’s even harder when you don’t even have a clue where to start. And harder still when your Saboteur shows up to mock and assault your feeble efforts.
It’s hard to honor your 15 Magic Minutes commitment when it seems there’s nothing magical about your writing. It’s hard to keep your fingers moving when everything you write is complete dreck.
So let me make this perfectly clear: Good writing comes from hard work.
Yes, there will be moments of amazing insights, tremendous satisfaction and creative joy, but there will be more hard work than inspiration. And you can’t complete anything of significance if you’re willing to show up only when you’re guaranteed easy satisfaction and joy.
Even when you get one of the rare inspired, insightful and energized writing sessions, the next day will only be even harder because then you have expectations.
Or maybe we’ve found that not only is a writer, as Thomas Mann observes, “someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people,” but a writer is also someone for whom not writing is even more torturous than writing.