"It's easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people aren't writers and very little harm comes to them."
~Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot
This quote always makes me chuckle! Plus: so true. I mean, isn't it so much easier not to write? Easier to find time to get to that housework, easier to convince yourself that the fridge has been empty long enough that you should probably go grocery shopping, easier to stay on top of everything else in your life. There's more time for family, friends, movies, books, sleep. Plus, then you don't have to cry because of something that happened to one of your characters.
But, but, but. But then there wouldn't be the joy that comes from writing. That high you get when you nail a scene. That crazy humming powerful feeling your heart when you bring a character to life. When you bring a world to life. When you create something out of nothing that feels so very real and tangible that you're constantly surprised that it isn't a real place. That they aren't real people. That the things that happened to them didn't make the news. That you can't go there or talk to them outside of your head.
And that makes it worth giving up the things in life that don't really matter. It makes it worth being more efficient and organized to not give up the things in life that really do matter.
Because who needs easy when we've got something as powerful as writing?
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Have a fabulous writing weekend, everyone!