I (Clare) do a lot of writing. When my doctoral students comment about writing I always respond, “Writing is hard.” It takes time, is frustrating yet the finished product often makes me proud. Writing is a thinking process. In the New York Times there was a great little article by Cheryl Strayed who brilliantly sums up the process. She notes:
I write to find out what I have to say. I edit to figure out how to say it right.
I love her insight so much I think I will put it on a post-it note by my computer. So when I am struggling with my writing I will be reminded why the process is often so challenging. And sometimes I rely on my little poochie for inspiration.