Pandora, thanks for the new thread. I think that writing in a so-called "vacuum," without outside feedback, can definitely be one of the difficult things about being a writer. I think most of us write because of all kinds of reasons -- the need to create our own worlds, to express our deepest fears and greatest desires, because that teacher in 8th grade gave us an "F" on our brilliant short story and we'll show him, damnitt! -- but ultimately I believe we all want an audience, no matter how personal or personally revealing our writing is. Beyond the audience, though, the hardest thing for me is discovering and building narrative voices that I feel best express the tone and type of story I'm trying to write. If I can't find the voice, often the piece falls apart before it's even had the chance to really get going. Conversely, sometimes the voice is right on but what emerges from that narrator can't seem to sustain an entire story. But when I can find synergy between story and narrative voice, that's when I feel like the writing comes together, and no matter the end result, I feel that I've tapped into something true (for me, at least) and the creative exercise becomes reward enough.
And a lot of times, the hardest thing about being a writer is finding the discipline and the mind-space to sit down and... write.
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