Writing is Hard Work

So I am writing a book.  Yes, I am.  Actually, it’s more truthful to say I wrote a book.  A whole book.  I submitted it to an agent, she liked it, we met, she asked to work with me, I said yes and now …  I am re-writing a book.  Ha ha!  That’s how it works!

I wrote about my life.  My “reel” life and my “real” life.  I am re-writing it because not only is there more to tell, but when I first wrote I did it in “third person,” which, just to remind you is like saying “HE said blah blah blah,” instead of writing “I said blah blah blah,” which (just for those who aren’t writers, the blah blah blah is for those who are) is called first person.  The difference is astounding.

Using third person was a great way for me to slip into talking about really difficult issues without feeling too exposed.  Life stories that have haunted me for a long time.  Regardless, it was very difficult.  I sat in my pajamas and sweat it out over the course of a year.  It was painful, exhausting, frustrating and relentless.  It took me months after I finished the first draft to decide to write the book again in first person.  Why?  It’s exposing.  It’s raw.  There is nowhere to hide.  Why not hide?

Because I am a natural truth teller.  Because I think that honesty is liberating for both the teller and the listener.  Because these stories are true.

Wish me luck, will ya?  I’m hanging in there but it’s hard.  I really want to finish this book and share it with you.  I’ve been told it’s good.  I’ve been told it’s worth it.

So I’m going to keep going, keep writing and sharing here about the process, so check in now and again for updates!  It’s intense!

Thank you to Charles M. Shultz for not minding if I use this adorable photo of Snoopy and Woodstock.  They give me cheer.  Check out the “Ask Snoopy” game or Jean Shultz’s blog to support the genius who created them.

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12 thoughts on “Writing is Hard Work

  1. Cady, I’m anxious about reading your book. When will it be ready for release? Is it finished? You promised to keep us updated about it…..Someone offered to be the editor for my book if I ever decided to write one. Not afraid of hard work, afraid of hurting people in the process. I was raped when I was a young girl and it’s still very difficult to understand let alone talk about. Well, I hope all is well with you, your book, your heart and soul.

  2. Congratulations on your new accomplishment, Cady! I’m looking forward to reading your book when it comes out. Merry Christmas!

  3. I will definitely be interested in reading your book – going by your various blogs over the years, it will be insightful, funny and blunt.

  4. Hi Cady,

    You perhaps know me as WorldTurnsTV but my real name is Tracie. I am a professional writer, a journalist, who tried writing a book once and it was the hardest thing I have ever tried to do. In fact, I gave up.

    People say, ‘you write for a living so what’s so hard about writing a book?’ There’s tons hard about it… lol. It is a totally different kind of writing and it requires so much dedication. You’re one of those unique people who gives so much of yourself to the craft— all crafts. Honestly, I do not know how you do it: Painting, acting, writing… so much talent in one person. Wow!

    Know that when at the most difficult in this journey of yours, your cheering section is right here. Not just me, but all of your fans. Keep doing what you do.

    Love ya,

    Tracie

  5. Wishing you all the luck in the world, Cady. I took Creative Writing last semester and I agree wholeheartedly, writing is hard but SO worth it. 🙂 Can’t wait to read your book and I hope you have a terrific Christmas!

  6. Cadie,

    Ah, the first person can be tough! Thank you for taking the time to sit down and write. We are very excited about this project and reading your work!!!

  7. Am I in it? If not, since you are rewriting you have time to insert my name, perhaps a photo and several charming stories about moi!

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