“Nothing Any Good Isn’t Hard”

September 30th, 2020

I remember when I was in school, I would write my papers in a day or two.  Today when I pick up and write, it is the same.  When I wrote my latest book, Amethyst and Pyres, The Story of How It Began, I wrote it in 2 days and made basically no edits, only a word or two.  “Nothing Any Good Isn’t Hard”  I came across this quote today by Scott Fitzgerald.  His “Secret to Great Writing.”  It was posted by my publisher Friesen Press.  Nothing could be any more true.  It is something that can be applied to everyday life.  I unconsciously apply it to everything I do. Yesterday I wrote an article over a thousand words for publication.  In the evening I wrote another I’m hoping to have published.  As well as another blog for my personal website.  When I wrote my first book, I put it together and had it published within a week, by myself.  At the time the 2nd one, my Children’s Book Amethyst and Pyres, was being designed.  I had it written, beautifully designed and published within eight months. The illustrations are incredible.  Many writers say it’s about fun and self exploration.  I agree.  I apply it to my poems and songwriting as well.  I have yet to have my poems widely published and only write the songs for myself as of now.  But I love it.  And I hope to have more published soon.  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald published 4 novels, 4 collations of short stories, and 164 short stories.   According to Wikipedia, “While he temporarily achieved popular success and fortune in the 1920’s, Fitzgerald only received wide critical and popular acclaim after his death December 21, 1940.”  He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.  Books are the same.  If it’s good, I can read them within a day or two.  Not all, but many.  It is my hope that reading and writing become more “popular” and appreciated.  I see so many people just walk by a book.  Or never want to sit down and write.  Words are beautiful, and so are stories.  I hope everyone has a collection of what they love, and I hope that includes some writing of your own.


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