Writing is a Sensual Mistress
Writing Is An Addictive Affair
You're a writer, you know what I'm talking about. That seductive sensuality of your words coming to you of their own accord, or with a little easy coaxing. You sweet talk your muse, and it gives a little. When you're running hot, it goes all the way and offers up itself to you totally. It's magnificent! The words caress your mind and slide like sexy silk onto the page or screen. As they pick up the pace, racing towards completion, it can be hard to keep up with their rhythm. You do catch up though. The mistress must be sated.
Those are the golden moments, the ones a writer hopes will never end. If the body of work is short enough, the effortless flow may last until the piece is finished. When that happens, it can be nearly euphorically satisfying, orgasmic. Every word seems perfect. More importantly, they feel perfect. If an editor tampers with even one of those precious words, they take a piece of the writer's heart along with the editing.
Truman Capote once said that you sometimes have to kill your darlings. He was referring to your words, to the final draft. That part of the process where, by necessity, you tighten up your writing for an audience that only cares about the big picture, the easy-to-read article, poem, or story. They care nothing about your sacrifice and heartbreak. The writer is the only one who mourns the loss.
Still, we get over it and move on to the next golden moment, and the next masochistic tryst with the mistress (or in my case, super stud) known as writing. It's an author's seductive drug, and the reason we do it. It's why the affair will probably never end.
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