“Know that it is good to work. Work with love and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privilege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxious vanity and fear of failure.”
– Breand Ueland
I adore Brenda Ueland. Her book, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit , helped prop me up when I was just beginning to write, still wobbly with all I did not know. But this partular quote… I don’t know if I completely agree. Writing is hard. Isn’t it? At least parts of it are hard. Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many books on writer’s block. You don’t hear of surgeon’s block or mother’s block. No.They have a job and they do it. But writing, Writing is different. Isn’t it? I don’t know. Maybe she is right. Maybe what’s hard is exactly what she says at the end. Maybe I am making it hard with my “anxious vanity and fear of failure.” That is not out of the realm of possibility. I have been known to mess with my own mind before. Maybe it’s time to put the fun back in writing. Curiosity. Or zest as Ray Bradbury suggests. There are certainly worse qualities to bring to the page.