Sometimes writing is easy. The story just flows, even in dramatic detail. Words flow from our brains to our fingers, and then onto the screen. It’s like the muse is sitting with us, or in us, writing through us. The story or article flows right out of us. Sure, when we go back we find passages of text that need to be crafted and polished. But in that moment the work is clear.
Beginners wait for these moments under the false pretense that they are necessary for good writing or under the belief that, when things are hard, the muse is absent. This is actually counterproductive, because when you wait it’s difficult for you to grow and to improve your skills.
Writing is work. It’s not some magical moment when the muse settles on you and does the work for you, through you, almost without you. No, the real writing happens when you’re working, calling the muse to you, struggling with the words, and learning more about your craft.
That easy flow is not necessary. Sure, it’s nice when it happens. But it’s not nice to be reliant on it. Rarely does the muse stick with you long enough to finish an entire piece, especially when that piece of writing is the length of a book or a novel. Don’t rely on it. Don’t write only when it’s easy. Work through the rough patches and be prepared to craft, polish, obtain feedback, revise, and then craft and polish some more.
Before you can do that, however, you just have to get it down—whether you are visited by that magical, mystical muse or not. Get the story down. Sit down and write.