If you follow the agent Peter Knapp on Twitter, you’ll notice that every now and then he opens a special window for authors to submit their query / sample pages. If you submit on these days, he’ll write back with personalised feedback as to why he accepted or rejected your query. I got my reply back this morning and while he gave me some excellent feedback, all I could think while I was reading it was, WRITING IS HARD!
He mentioned that I have a tendency to create “I [verb]” sentences, and flicking through my first chapter… yep, he’s right.
I’ve come to the realisation that coming up with ideas, creating characters and getting the story down on paper is the easy part! It’s everything else that is hard. The editing, the querying, keeping your morale up, staying motivated, constantly improving. Writing is hard work!
What do you think is the most difficult thing about writing? Because I’m full of ideas, I can churn out the words, I can create pretty good dialogue and believable characters. Everything else I’m still working on… writing can be a pretty disheartening business sometimes.