I was reading an article the other day about things only writers can understand. I came across this quote and I took a step back. I had to really think about it, to see if I agreed with the quote.
After much deliberation I realized, I completely disagree.
I have had some of the best times writing my books. They may not be out for the public eye yet, but I love them. I have loved every minute of writing them, of finding out what happened next. Writing a book is fun.
Now…if you had substituted the word editing, for writing, then I would agree! Writing the book is the easy part. Editing is the hellish part. Come on, you have this amazing story that you have put down on paper. It is your baby, your life’s work. Then…you have to go in and gut it!
You have to spot where your characters are not being themselves because you are forcing them to do something else. You have to take out some characters or cut down on their appearances. You have to chop out that entire scene that you loved so much because it just does not gel with the rest of the story.
So, no. Writing is not worse than giving birth to a baby in hell. But editing is like throwing your newborn baby, that you love so much, into the pits of hell and praying that it comes out some what resembling what you threw in.
What do you think? Agree or disagree with the quote?