This is going to be a bit of a rant.
I keep finding blog posts and seeing other writes complaining about how hard and difficult writing is, and I have to wonder, why are they bothering to try if it’s such a challenge?
Writing for the vast majority of the writers I know isn’t all that difficult or hard. Granted, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but most of those I know who write understand such hardships will pass. What I don’t get are the writers who grouse about how hard it is to write all the time.
I think they’re making it harder on themselves than it has to be. They’re searching for perfection, or struggling with an idea which isn’t fully ripe, or—I don’t know. But whatever it is, instead of switching to something which may be a little easier to work on, they’re forcing themselves to struggle with something which isn’t moving. Or they’re people who, no matter what they’re working on can’t seem to make progress on it because they for some reason believe writing should be hard.
That last mindset is one I don’t comprehend at all. I read what these people post on their blogs, or see what they say in Forward Motion for Writers chat and my mind boggles at the difficulty they claim to be having. I just don’t understand how it can be so hard to write. It’s one of the easiest, simplest, least complicated things to do. Often, these same people discuss much harder and more complicated processes they employ in working a regular paying job, and I think, Why isn’t their real-world job harder for them than writing? Because, to be honest, for me, working real-life jobs is always the hardest part of living. It’s complicated and messy and annoying. And yet, these people who profess to love writing also claim it’s hard and make it difficult for themselves.
These people are in the clear minority, which I’m thankful for. I don’t know what I’d do if most of my writing friends thought writing was hard and difficult. They find writing fun, and interesting, and challenging in a good way. We have fun discussing the complications and difficulties we’re planning on giving our characters. And, if we hit a spot where we’re struggling, we talk it out with each other and, with that assistance, figure out how to work past the difficulty we’re having.
We don’t sit at our computers and wallow in angst over how hard and difficult writing is.