You Make It Look Easy!
by Larissa Ione: (Paranormal Romance Author)
Last night I was watching Dancing With The Stars, and one of the dancer/stars, Nicole Scherzinger, said something that really struck a chord with me. She said something to the effect of, "For the people who say I make this look easy, know that it's not, and I work so hard for this."
Okay, not her exact words, but they went something like that. And the thing is, she DOES make it look easy. She's so damned good that she looks like professional dancer, even though she's not.
Often, I read books that make me think the same thing...she makes writing look so easy, so effortless! And I feel a little sting of jealousy. Why? Because I swear, I bleed out every single word I write.
And then, funnily enough, people tell me that I make it look easy. *g*
Now, I really wonder where all the authors are who DO have it easy. Sure, I think everyone has one book that "wrote itself." I have one -- Unleashing The Storm, written with my Sydney Croft partner, Stephanie Tyler. That book really WAS easy. Doesn't mean we wrote it, sent it in, and didn't have revisions, because we did. I still struggled to make the book decent. But the story itself and the characters just all meshed for us.
But no other book has come that easily for me. In fact, every book is getting harder and harder to write. I think I get less knowledgeable with each book.
So what about you? Do you have talents that just come "easily" to you? Me, I'm terrible at all sports, baking, math, foreign languages...there's actually very little that just comes easily to me. I was a good student in school, but I worked for every A. Even in P.E. How sad is that...
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