Book writing is the worst, and thus best, example of the agonies of writing. I’ve written four books and a short e-book, contributed signed and ghosted chapters and edited a few dozen books by other writers. This has resulted in headaches, nightmares, depression, weight gain, back spasms, a tweaked neck and so much more awful.

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The Agonies of Writing |

Well, here we go again.

Everything that professional writers say about the anxieties of trying to make a living I cannot question. I have never been there. I imagine that it really is enormously stressful.

But when they talk about the actual act of writing in this way, I just cannot understand why they keep doing it. As for me, I have published a dozen books, hundreds of articles, thousands of blog posts – and I like it. I like it a lot. I keep reasonable hours, I try to avoid uncomfortable positions, I work hard to stay on schedule so that I don’t find deadlines looming above me. If I found the actual act of writing that horrifcally miserable, I would either change the way I went about the task or I would find a different job. These people make writing sound more physically challenging than being an itinerant farm laborer or a steel-mill worker. I just don’t get it.

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Timothy Willard is the author of three books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life. He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. He lived in Oxford, England for two years studying beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis. He earned his PhD in Theology under the supervision of world-renowned theologian Alister McGrath. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.