What Does It Mean When Writing Stops Being Fun?

Meg Dowell Writes

Do you ever stop in the middle of working on something, sit back in your chair, and think, “Wow. This is a good idea. But I’m REALLY not enjoying this”?

It happens to all of us at some point. Which is scary for a lot of people, because there’s this general belief that if you aren’t enjoying what you’re writing, you shouldn’t be writing it.

In some cases, this can still be true. But not usually.

I hate the so-called inspirational mantra that if you do what you love you’ll “never work a day in your life.” That’s garbage advice. Especially where creative professions are concerned. You might absolutely love to write. But guess what? Writing is still work, no matter how satisfied and fulfilled it might make you feel.

If there are moments writing feels a lot more like work than “fun,” does that mean you’re doing something wrong?…

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