The other day I sat down with my oldest son and we were going through his course selections for next year. He had picked all his core subjects and was looking at his options. He looked at Spanish and said, "I'd like to know a different language, but I don't want to have to learn it."
How often have we wanted something, but didn't necessarily want to put the work in to achieve it.
I would love to lose weight, but I don't want to have to exercise everyday.
I would love to be able to have a great corner kick or be able to juggle the ball 30 times in a row. (soccer terminology), but I don't want to spend the hours it would take to achieve that.
I would love to be able to write great plots, develop fantastic characters, and have witty dialogue.
Sometimes I would like to know how to do this without learning how to do them. I think it will just come to me naturally and you know what. It doesn't. I need to read books on point of view, passive voice, etc. I need to be reading books in the genre I write in. I need to write...
It sounds simple, but writing takes work. It takes learning, practice, and most of all patience. Most of my sentences are not perfect the first go around. Sometimes the plot doesn't work the first time and we write ourselves into a corner, but if we don't do it, if we don't try then we'll never succeed.
Right now I'm working on a better hook for my query. I've thought about it all week, but it wasn't until I actually tried to write the words down that I could play with the order or the word choice. I needed to see it on paper. I can't do that very well in your head. It's like a math question. I write it down before I have a chance to solve it.
So that's my challenge to myself. Read about how to write, read books, and write.
Have a good weekend.