Your Daily Bread

 “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” ~ Thomas Mann

Man, I’m glad someone said it. That’s usually my own opinion of the art most days, though reading it afterwards I can tell it isn’t true. I like my own work, I think I do a good job, but there’s always that feeling when I’m sitting down and hammering on the keys that there’s something better I could have said, something more, something different that would make more sense.

I don’t know, it’s such a confusing process that it’s difficult to realise what you’re doing when you’re doing it. I enjoy the entirety of it, and relish those moments when it just “clicks” and you know you’ve said something brilliant. But those are always accompanied by the moments when you go back and re-read what you’ve written, something wonderful, and you can’ t believe you wrote that—when you’re intimidated by your own damn work. Eesh, what a mind-trip that is.

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4 thoughts on “Your Daily Bread

  1. Je ne comprends pas. I consider myself a writer. I love writing and it is not very difficult for me. Unless this quote refers to professional writers who, because of the enormous amount of writing I presume they do, find it difficult to meet their quotas sometimes. If that’s the case, I am an amateur/hobbyist to be honest.

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    1. Well, there’s the joy of writing, and then there’s the act itself. Sometimes sitting down to write is like pulling teeth. I have to make myself do it, and it can be pretty difficult on occasion. I think what it refers to is the agony most writers experience when they look at their work and think, damn, this could be better. Or, why isn’t this turning out the way I’d like? Which, for most people, doesn’t happen. I think most people just write when they have to and don’t give it much thought, so it isn’t that big a deal. I’m not sure, but the quote definitely made sense to me on a subconscious level. I find writing very difficult must of the time, but I still really enjoy it. I suppose it wouldn’t be fun if it weren’t somewhat challenging?

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      1. This was pretty much my entire creative writing career in college. Haha. I’m glad I can now write without feeling like pulling teeth or hating what I’m writing. =)

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