Much of the time writing is NOT fun. In fact, at a recent writing retreat with my critique group, Viva Scriva, Liz R. and I were discussing the things we like to do more than writing (at least when we’re in the slog phase). Much debate there was over cleaning toilets (me: prefer over writing; her: less than writing) and laundry (both: prefer), etc.
When I’m deep in a draft (or more typically in revision), my fingers are typing away while I’m thinking things like move that clause to the front, pick a better verb, and describe more viscerally. I plunk away for a page or two then I check twitter or each a piece of dried coconut (me: prefer eating to writing). Then I get back to it. Hours later I’ve laid down a couple thousand words or revised a few chapters.
But sometimes, I find the flow of it. I become my characters and they take me places I don’t expect. I inhabit my scene as fully as I inhabit these pajamas and this desk chair. When this happens, I ride the wave through and often find, much to my amazement, that I have written ONE TRUE THING. Maybe just a sentence or an exchange of dialogue or a description that captures something’s essence exactly, the ONE TRUE THING is enough to keep me going day after day, page after page.
May it happen for you.