Effortless writing – Does it come naturally?

I am not a writer in the true sense, but my job(s) has been closely related to writing. I came to this field by chance and I am quite fond of it by now. Some people may consider it (my job) as writing. I know it is not. I consider people who can create wonders with words as true writers. I am just stuck in a writing mode. Sometimes, I am even tired of writing. Writing does not come naturally to me. I am jealous of the ones who write effortlessly. But, I secretly harbor the dream of being one (not a secret anymore).

My writing sucks. I lack vocabulary skills. I have to open a synonym-finder to search better words many times every time, which makes writing so technical. I don’t prefer it that way. Some people have inborn talent of their brains feeding their writing – right words at the right time. I wish my brain also works that way. Sometimes, I wish to join a creative writing course. But, will that really help? Ability to write seems to be an innate talent. I have my own doubts if it can be established by conditioning or learning. At the most, I believe the natural talent can be refined.

One thing I dislike is planning before writing. Some people say – it works better that way. It works for technical stuffs, like scientific writing. Planning where to write what takes away all the fun for me.

I am perpetually suffering from writer’s block. I have so much going inside my mind, but I find it difficult to put into words. The previous sentence can be written in a better way: My mind is oozing with ideas, but it’s difficult to translate them into words. Though it’s not the best way, I have to put some effort to make it sound better. Do all good writers have to put some extra effort too or their first draft is good enough to be the final?

These wonderful quotes sum it all about writing:

Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.~ Melinda Haynes

My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly.~ John D. MacDonald

In my experience, the best creative work is never done when  one is unhappy.~ Albert Einstein

It’s better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.~ L P. Hartley

The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow, I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.~ Raymond Chandler

Hardly anybody ever writes anything nice about introverts. Extroverts rule. This is rather odd when you realise that about nineteen writers out of twenty are introverts. We are been taught to be ashamed of not being ‘outgoing’. But a writer’s job is ingoing.~ Ursula K. LeGuin

The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing.~ Ken MacLeod

I can’t help but to write, I have a inner need for it. If I’m not in the middle of some literary project, I’m utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down.~ Kaari Utrio

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3 thoughts on “Effortless writing – Does it come naturally?

  1. I hate writing too and its a growing dislike – sometimes the words flow, but when it comes to writing papers – I suddenly feel obliged to write differently and completely lose myself in ‘wordy nonsense’ – I’ve noticed that I’m doing this more on my blog too – i.e. the more I write, the worse it gets !

    However I am wondering about alpha-thinking publicly – just write whatever comes into your head – at least then you have a bunch of words you can edit, even if they don’t make sense – I don’t think I will ever be satisfied with the end product but I’ll feel better for getting it – out – if that’s the right word.

    I would recommend a creative writers course – I often meant to go on one – I’m sure it would be of use – they might have really good tips.

  2. I can well visualize your state of the mind. The writer’s block is very natural, and I suppose it comes to everybody, at some point of time, the best thing is to give up ur pen, gulp in some fresh breath and take a break, untill the mind starts conspiring again. 🙂

    The qoutes were great!

    cheerio

  3. I think I’m a pretty effortless writer myself, and I’m only a young teenager. Reading your post, I actually never knew that writing could be hated or not flow as easily with others. That’s stupid I suppose, but I find your post intriguing.

    Anyways, “Effortless writing – Does it come naturally?” I think it does. I can always write freely and about anything without feeling trapped. Only on rare occasions such as times where I am stress-free can I truly not write at all.

    “Do all good writers have to put some extra effort too or their first draft is good enough to be the final?” Most good writers look back on their first draft and hate it. It’s debatable whether the draft is good enough- writers tend to be perfectionists -but usually the edited version is much better. For every writer, the first draft is different. It can truly be horrible, or it can be phenomenal. The connection that lies between each is that the writer usually hates it. I don’t mean that they hate their work, but rather they hate the way it sounds or the way they told that one scene with words that looks different in their head.

    “Hardly anybody ever writes anything nice about introverts. Extroverts rule. This is rather odd when you realize that about nineteen writers out of twenty are introverts. We are been taught to be ashamed of not being ‘outgoing’. But a writer’s job is ingoing.”~ Ursula K. LeGuin
    I liked that quote a lot. But then again, how could your story be an adventure if we stay in our rooms and write? That’s rather funny; wouldn’t the character be a narration of people writing themselves?

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