Writing is a blood sport
By Jerry Brown, APR
Public Relations Counsel
For example, the late journalist, playwright and author Gene Flower once said, “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”
Or, as Ernest Hemingway put it: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Poet and story writer Dorothy Parker once said: “I hate writing, I love having written.” My sentiments exactly.
“Easy reading is damn hard writing,” said Nathanial Hawthorne.
Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. “If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all,” said novelist Anne Tyler.
“The scariest moment is always just before you start,” said Stephen King. Coming from him, that’s saying something.
“It’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins,” said novelist and film writer Neil Gaiman.
Writing comes easy for you? Beware. Some of the worst writers I’ve known are people who claimed writing is easy. Words just poured out of them. But they usually weren’t all that good.
Or, as novelist Thomas Mann put it: “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
Perhaps my favorite quote about writing, which I have framed and hanging on a wall, is from Moliere: “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for the love of it. Then you do it for a few friends. Finally, you do it for money.”
I try to do it for money as often as possible. In return, I help the people I work with keep their foreheads dry.
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Jerry Brown, APR, is a public relations professional and former journalist who helps clients get their stories heard, understood and remembered. Need help telling your story? You can reach Jerry at 303-594-8016 | jerry@JerryBrownPR.com.