Which do you think is better?

I was emailing back and forth with this woman this week. She was trying to decide whether she shoudl commit more to being a writer. One of her questions was about how much I enjoy writing. I told her I always enjoyed having written, but not always the writing itself.

In many ways, I think it's like running. You're always glad you ran. And running builds your muscles and keeps you fit. But do I always love to run? No. Some days are complete slogs.

And Teen asked me yesterday if I considered my writing my work. Thinking of how I'm earning money at it, I said yes (somehow I always feel a little defensive about writing full time, because my life seems so much easier now in comparision to how it was before or how my husband's is now). And she said in school they were saying, "Do what you love for your living, and you'll never have to work a day in your life."

But I'm not sure that's true. What do you think?

Poll #1388773 Which is better?

Whic is better? Writing or having written?

Writing
1(3.4%)
Having written
9(31.0%)
Some days it's one, some days it's the other
17(58.6%)
Other
2(6.9%)




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It's like Christine Fletcher wrote on her blog one time, and I'll have to find the link now and share it with everyone since you reminded me, we strive for those days where it all flows. Just like running, when you have a day where you get in the zone and it feels SO good, that's why we do it. Even if those days are few and far between, we reach for those times. Because when it happens?? It's AWESOME!

And I don't think you can get there without having those ordinary days in between.

Do find the link!
Nope.

The author stuff, that's work and it's sometimes a pain. But even when the writing is hard, I enjoy it.

I love running, too, so I'm probably just sick.
I just want it to be catching. I'm always glad I ran or wrote, but sometimes I just want it to be over.
Sometimes it's just getting started that's hard.

Stuart O'Nan says the two hardest parts about writing are starting. And not stopping.
I think those things tend to sort themselves out - you either give up or go on. The funny thing, I have seen people with the most amazing natural talent give up after a few rejections.
I voted somedays it's one, somedays it's the other. Because somedays I love writing. And somedays I think, "I wish I could just be finished with already".