The Answer Is Hidden Within It

Keith Horton
Apr 27 · 4 min read

Writing is a beautiful escape.

It’s a time to let the emotions of how you feel, and all those fresh ideas, run wild through the pen in your hand. I’d even argue that writing has been therapeutic for me.

But writing can also be the hardest thing to do. From trying to coming up with the perfect title, scrambling through fresh ideas, to searching hard to find out how to get your ideas to stand out in an enormous crowd of other talented writers, writing can be rather difficult.

Here’s the thing, though. That’s no reason to put down the pen.

Writers shouldn’t avoid difficulty simply because it’s hard. Through difficulty, we improve. And through it, we find out who we really are.


Writing Isn’t Easy Because Life Isn’t

Why is it that we desire things to be easy so badly? We gain very little (if that) from things that are easy to obtain. There’s no growth in that — no improvement.

The fact is, those who really desire to be become better writers will struggle, at some point. They are the ones who will not put down the pen and decide to write, even when they don’t feel like it.

I jumped into writing a while back thinking it would be a piece of cake, that every story I put out there would get massive attention, and claps would come from all over the world. And when that didn’t happen, I didn’t know what to do.

I had the wrong assumption.

I found out the hard way that writing can be daunting, reminding me so much of life, at times.

Those who avoid the difficulty will fail to benefit from it. By failing to go through it, they will fail to improve.

When we fight through those tough moments, something happens. We come out on the other side better than we were before.

Difficulty hurts like heck, but it’s worth fighting through.


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Without the bad, you never learn to appreciate the good.

And learning to appreciate difficulty is difficult within itself.

Being without something gives you the appreciation needed when you have it. Not having that million-dollar idea every morning I wake up is sort of a good thing. Maybe I should search for it — dig deep to find it. And when (not if) I do, it’s like finding gold. And if gold was easy to find, more than likely, it wouldn’t be as valuable.

You appreciate the thing that took some effort to gain.

The same goes for those great ideas.

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The Thing About Positive Thinking

If we truly believe that words are powerful, then what we tell ourselves when we’re down will determine how long we stay there. Simple words of encouragement to ourselves affects what we do next.

I often look for the encouragement to come from others. I look for people to say something that’ll give us that boost of energy we’re craving for. Although that would be great, thinking positive thoughts about myself is needed, too.

Words you tell yourself matter during the hardest moments — moments when you think you have nothing left in the tank.

Look, there are plenty of talented writers out there, and looking around to see who to compare yourself to doesn’t help. What’s more important is that you look inward.

Growth starts internally. Before anyone else sees any story, any picture, or video, there’s a fight you must go through to start this process. And that fight is with yourself.

You find out who you really are when you are faced with no one else to battle but yourself. Fighting through your own self-doubt and lack of confidence is when you find you.

To me, that’s worth the fight.


Inside its hard, ugly surface is a treasure — a treasure that changes our lives, our ability to do more in life, not only in our ability to write.

The only way to obtain it is by breaking through the surface. And in the process, we discover that the answer to the struggling was hidden in the struggle itself.


Thanks for reading, guys! I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be sharing ideas like this each week. I’m always looking for new ways to learn, so if you have some other ideas, don’t hesitate to let me know. I’d love to hear it.

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