Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for Easy

Most of you  have seen the easy button on the Staple's adds.  Sometimes we wish for a button we can push and instantly have a polished manuscript, a moving query letter, and a book deal.  But what would we lose?  Everything we've learned over the journey, the person we are now, because we wouldn't be that person if we had taken the easy way. 

22 comments:

  1. Very true. I think I would be a very shallow person if I never faced any difficulties. I can see how they have molded me and mostly for the better.
    Simply Sarah

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  2. So true. Writing is easy. You can write whatever you want. Editing is another story - labor intensive. Presentation. We can't forget that. No easy way out.

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  3. Too true! Sometimes I wish I could skip over the difficult stuff, but it's what makes it all worth it!

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  4. Oh, that's so true. The journey can be really hard, but it can also be really fun. :D

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  5. I wouldn't mind a "need help" button every now and again. OK OK I guess my character is developed by having to go at it the hard way..yeah, yeah, yeah... ;)

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  6. I want an EASY button for everything else so I can just sit here and write all day while the dishes are done, the laundry's done, the vacuuming, the dinners, the beds... well, you get the picture.

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  7. I think an 'easy' button would have us worse off than we already are. Great thought, though :)

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  8. True, but just ONCE, it would be nice to skip doing something the "hard way".

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  9. Amen, sister. Amen to every word you wrote for this post! I wouldn't be who I am now 3.5 years after I've started writing if I hadn't struggled and gritted my teeth through a ton of trials. But it has been worth it. I will be published. It just is going to take time and plenty of effort. Yay for another E word--> Effort.

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  10. I actually had one and pushed it constantly while editing. The thing lies! It eventually wore out I'd pushed it so often. It ending up saying, That was Grrrrr!" That's just how I feel about the editing process.

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  11. I think we learn through hardship, whether it be physical, emotional or financial.

    Or am I the only kid who had to check it out when my mother said "don't touch that hot stove?"

    LC

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  12. I totally agree. Without the lessons and scars we have been entrusted with we would not be who we are. I for one am thankful because I like who I am. Thank you for sharing your heart and truth.

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  13. I remember having the "three wishes" conversation with a friend once and she asked me why I wouldn't wish for a number one best seller. I told her if I wished for it, I'd always feel like it didn't count.

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  14. Just earlier today I was thinking about how I always seem to be re-. Re-writing, re-doing, re-planning and plotting. I feel as if I'll never quite hit that perfect manuscript but I keep plodding on anyway. I know if there was an easy button in front of me I'd want to press it so badly but I could never deny myself the experiences that shape me as a writer.

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  15. I know...I know...but it's okay to still wish for one every now and again, isn't it? :)

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  16. I think that you truly appreciate those things that you work hard for.
    Have you heard that saying, easy come... easy go!?

    Writer In Transit

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  17. I'm glad life is not easy sometimes. How else would I ever appreciate what I have?

    Thanks for the reminder!

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  18. Success is definitely sweeter if you've worked hard for it.

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  19. True. I tell my students all the time that their 'suffering' is really character building :)

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  20. I'd like to take the easy way and then learn all the hard-way lessons like Neo in the Matrix: lean back in a chair, plug in, and master the lesson in seconds. That would be such a time saver! :)

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  21. The "Easy" button exists, but doesn't mean it's easy for the artist. It simply reminds us to make what we've done look unaffected, easy.

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  22. I quite enjoy the whole process, the journey from first spark of idea to polished end product. Not that I've actually got to the end part yet. haha

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