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Why do people think writing is easy?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by KnuteRockne, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. KnuteRockne

    KnuteRockne Member

    Not sure if this belongs here or on the journalism only board, but since I'm referring to fiction, books, screenwriting, etc., I'll put it here.

    Seems every time the topic of me carving out my writing career comes up arounds friends and family, the response seems to be, "Oh, that shouldn't be a problem for you. You're such a good writer! You're good at it!"

    OK, I understand it's a compliment, but the thought is out there: What we do comes easy for us and its effortless.

    I would never think a cardiologist, even the best heart surgeon in the world, has an easy go of it. Why us?
  2. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    People don't see it as a craft. They think it comes easy, I think, because they see so much print in papers and on-line, they assume it can't be that hard to write.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    It's not hard to write. Anyone with a high school education can do it. Writing well, on the other hand ...
  4. KnuteRockne

    KnuteRockne Member

    OK, smartass, why do people think writing WELL is easy? :)
  5. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

  6. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    maybe you're hanging with the wrong people. my friends -- who can buy and sell me ten times over -- are very impressed by what i do. not because it's cool that i talk to people they admire, but because i can write well enough to turn out stories about them in no time.

    they are impressed that i write well enough to make a living at it, 'cause they can't write crap. it's always come easily to me, but i learned long ago, there is a talent that goes with it that most folks do not have.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    because he is still employed.
  8. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Don't you have to turn in 10 tearsheets of your past work before you can say that? ;)
  9. blueview

    blueview Member

    A thought - it's easy for people to write, but extremely difficult for a person to articulate sophisticated thoughts and ideas onto paper. Had a friend in junior high who watched me write paper after paper and he said, "I can't do it like you. I think these great things but on paper it's just crap."
  10. RokSki

    RokSki New Member

    Ha ha. I agree with Doc, too.
  11. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    Being able to write well, to articulate what you're thinking, is a gift. Not everyone can do it. I've seen people who are very smart in other walks of life whose writing is wooden or lifeless or over or underwritten, and they think it's gold. In fact, there are people in the business like that.
    I think people are under the impression it's easy because of the sheer volume of good stuff that's out there in book or magazine form, or through the internet.
  12. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Because they watched 'Everybody Loves Raymond.'
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