So here's the thing. Being a writer is a job, and it's a job that requires both time spent writing and time spent thinking about how to write. And sometimes, when plots aren't quite working or characters don't really click, we like to talk about how to write them so that they do work and click. And shake their little booties on the runway. Or not.
To the idle observer, a writer is someone who stares into space a lot, trails off in the middle of sentences, interrupts your description of a funny situation at work with a series of seemingly unrelated questions, and who sits at the computer for hours. Doesn't look that hard, does it?
But here's what writing feels like when it's not going well (warning: gory and disturbing imagery):
Maybe slightly less horrific. But only slightly.