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Dear writers, don’t forget this.

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If you’re a writer, there’s something simple you need to remember:

Good books are hard to write. Bad books are a breeze.

Writing a good book is a battle. You fight fear and laziness and doubt. Good books take vulnerability and courage and creativity to write.

Do you know what it takes to write a bad book?

Typing.

The next time you struggle to complete a thought, create a character or make a point in your book and the shadows of frustration creep across the page, don’t forget. It’s OK for it to be difficult. It’s supposed to be.

Good books are hard to write. Bad books are a breeze.

 

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Jon Acuff
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  1. Bob Havey Reply

    Sitting down to write is often more difficult than the process of writing. All the distractions of life rise up in defiance at the time creativity begins to bubble up from the depths of your soul. There can be no ‘breakthrough’ until you ‘fight through’.

  2. Thanks Jon,

    I feel like people always say write an ebook it’s easy! I’m about 8,000 words in… but I want it to be awesome. I like what I’ve got so far, but the finishing touches are a challenge. Thanks for the encouragement that it should be!

  3. Rick Lambert Reply

    Wow! I could really identify with the fear and doubt. I have just completed my first novel, and it’s currently be proofed and edited. It has been one of the hardest projects I’ve ever endured, yet it has also been one of the most enjoyable; it’s in that I take hope. I just found your blog today, and I really like it. Thanks.

  4. Thanks for this! I needed to read it today as I work each day to finish my dissertation. There’re too many things to cite, too much data, just… too much. I’m frustrated and fed up with how difficult the process has turned out to be. So a little reminder to “trust the process” is welcomed.