Ana muses about what aspect of writing is fun.
Since I became a writer, reading is not quite as much fun as it used to be. My internal editor is always lurking, and if activated too many times, will force me to quit reading. I still swoon over vivid descriptions, fast-paced dialogue, and unexpected plot twists. Maybe it's just that too many easily-accessible e-books are insufficiently edited.
Writing is work. It demands like a day job: butt-in-chair discipline, time away from other interests, brain-straining. Is it fun?
I liked CSA gardening, except when I had to pick baby lettuce with freezing fingers.
I like my soup business, except when a rush holiday order goes missing in shipment, and when I'm on speaker phone hold for an hour and get disconnected just when I reach customer service. Or when I'm held hostage for a forced upgrade of invoicing software.
I like plotting, the scheming of 'then what happens next?'
I like character profiling.
I like re-reading a paragraph that I've polished.
First drafts are work. Second drafts are exciting.
Learning that it's okay to have confidence in my writing is thrilling.
So yes, writing is fun work.
The best kind of work.
The best kind of fun.