Writing is the easy part

I’m starting to realise just how little of any job involves the job itself. Teaching is a very small part of the job of teaching – there’s planning, marking, researching, reviewing and all the admin that goes with it all. Programming is the same – the time spent coding is small compared to the rest of the work: thinking, planning, testing.

And writing is exactly the same. It’s not just about stringing words together. The hard work comes in all the planning – researching, listening to characters, figuring out who they are, working out the world they exist in, drawing maps so you understand the layout of their house, checking that your plot makes sense, checking your facts are correct – and then at the other end, reviewing, editing, rewriting, agonising over – and then whatever steps are needed to get it ready for publication.

Writing is the easy part.


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