Telling Good Stories Is Hard

I think with the convenience of self-publishing and the subsequent rise of competitiveness spurring authors to try and churn out as many books as humanly possible, there’s this illusion currently being perpetuated that writing is easy. That a good book can be born, from conception to the final product, in a matter of months. That because other people seem to be doing it, you should too.

Writing on a whim—a grocery list, an email, a text—this is easy. Writing with intent, now that’s hard. But it’s also noble and brave. And that’s why you should take your time, why it’s ok to take your time. Because you aren’t just crafting a story, you’re crafting a story with meaning and purpose and those are the ones that matter. Those are the ones that will outlive you.

So ignore everyone else—ignore bestseller lists and amazon rankings, ignore the next book-to-movie franchise and the next billionaire author and remember that it’s not money or fame you should be after, but the truth. So keep writing, keep telling the truth and someday you’ll have something beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “Telling Good Stories Is Hard

  1. Eden says:

    Reblogged this on The Cosplaying Librarian and commented:
    Telling Good Stories is Hard – Telling the truth is harder.

  2. reeloldreads says:

    Beautifully said!

  3. I needed to hear this. Writing slowly is not going to kill my chances at anything.

    • Exactly. Patience is key–with your story, with yourself. Writers have a tendency to be extremely hard on themselves, indulging in comparisons that only wreck our self esteem. Learn from others but don’t discount your own accomplishments just because they’re not the same as someone else’s. The thing is we’re all different–we have different writing styles, different goals, different challenges and as long as we remember that we’ll be able to ignore all of the white noise and get back to what’s really important which is telling a good story no matter how long it takes.

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