A friend called story writing the easiest thing in the world– select a few good writing topics, he said. Add a few good writing ideas, and you can write a book.
Though what he said pissed me off a little, because anyone who has written a few stories would tell you it isn’t that easy.
But then I thought, wait. Maybe he is right.
After all, writers write. The more they write, the better they’ll write.
Continuous and consistent efforts at improvement, trying to learn something new each day, new skills, setting new goals —that is what deliberate practice is all about.
So here’s to continued writing, deliberately improving with writing exercises, with continued writing lessons, and critique from writing groups. It may be the easiest and stupidest thing to do in other people’s eyes — but as I, and any other writer who’s written for a while knows, it is totally worth it.
So it is back to honing writing skills, to free writing in order to loosen those writing muscles, and in the end, to writing a book.