Welcome to the first offering of Writing Ain't Easy, a sporadic series of blog posts shedding light upon just how difficult it can be to pursue the art of writing. Our aim is to go beyond the illustration of difficulties, however, and provide thoughtful inspiration to you -- a writer, or a friend or family member of a writer -- so that you may persist, or continue to assist the pursuit.
Human beings love shortcuts so dearly that there are numerous websites and feeds devoted to "hacking" this thing called life. You've probably visited one before, or two. I have. Naa, I'm not above it. In fact, there are plenty of processes I'm really not that interested in, and so therefore would love to avoid. Or at least skip over those processes' nastier bits.
In that way, I imagine it can even be argued that it "hacking" isn't so much about taking a shortcut as it is about completing a task with as few mistakes as possible. Because nobody enjoys the act of making a mistake. Nobody likes the guilt. The shame. The time it takes to backtrack, to undo the mistake (if possible), and press forward.
Hindsight is 20/20, sure, but those moments are cloudy, and frantic.
Ask a writer, any writer serious about their craft, and they'll tell you that the writing process is much like that -- cloudy, frantic. Difficult. The process is grueling. It's demanding. There are mistakes abound. There are bright spots, yes, of course, but there's also a lot of discomfort that comes from exploring your brain, and channeling the visions of your brain to a blank page.
So, naturally, the question becomes: can one hack the writing process?
As technology evolves (and we along with it), it's an important question of the modern era, and one that Richard Walter -- decorated professor of screenwriting at UCLA, author of dozens of books (I highly recommend his Essentials of Screenwriting), and, brother to Jessica Walter (known best nowadays for her roles as Lucille Bluth and Malory Archer) -- attempts to answer in the video you'll find below.