“Don’t forget to do it for fun.”

That’s the advice my wife gave me last night when I found myself complaining about writing.

She’s right. I don’t need to write; no one but myself is forcing me to do this. I could stop right now and save myself a lot of grief.

But if I’m quitting to avoid the pain of writing I’ve lost the plot. Writing is a difficult process but it’s also supposed to be fun. It’s one of the few ways to sit back and make sense of the world.

And when you add the thrill of Internet distribution to your writing, it’s even more exciting. When you blog, you risk putting yourself out there. You become accountable for anything you say.

Criticism is part of online publishing. Some people disable comments; I keep them. A good debate is part of the writing process. Stimulating a response means you’re doing something right.

Writing has to be fun and risky or it’s not worth posting every day.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.