Why Is Writing So Hard?
Has this ever happened to you?
You wake up in the morning. You tell yourself you should be writing because the last thing you wrote wasn’t so great. So you crank up your computer, make yourself a nice hot cup of whatever, and then …
The reason why writing is so hard is that we don’t follow a plan, we get distracted by other things, and we try to write alone without the support of our peers.
Writers like us face these problems all the time. So here are some great writing tips I’ve learned to help make writing easy for you.
Writing is a journey that needs a road map
Have you ever planned to go on a weekend trip? You get ready to go, gas up the car, and drive off to your happy place. Maybe you go shopping or to the beach or grandma’s house. The point is you know exactly how to get there, right?
As writers, we plan when to write but don’t plan how to write. You know where you want to go, but you don’t know how to get there. And If you don’t know, you’ll get stuck, staring at the blank screen, waiting for inspiration to save you.
Many successful writers like to outline their articles or outline their books before they begin writing. Before I write, I create a headline and maybe a few bullet points underneath so I can focus on writing instead of thinking about what comes next. This quickie outline allows me to come back later if I have to stop writing. It also helps me write faster because I got other stuff to do.
To make writing easier for you, consider how you want to get to where you’re going. In other words, map out your writing journey. Create a quick outline of what you want to write so you can reach your destination.
Writing is hungry for your attention
When you write, you need to focus on writing.
Your creativity is jealous. If you don’t focus on her, she’s leaving. Letting things like the TV, app notifications, and the laundry distract you from writing will interrupt your flow.
I used to think multitasking was a way to increase my productivity, but it inhibits it. Checking email and fiddling with my IPad didn’t help me either. When I wrote, all those other tasks sapped my focus and stunted my creativity.
We’ve all tried to do multiple things at once, and it doesn’t work. At least it doesn’t work for me. If you feel the same and want to make writing easier, focus your attention on writing, period. You’ll see your writing and creativity start to improve.
Writing is a solitary vocation but doesn’t have to be
Writing almost anything becomes easier when you have someone supporting you.
The person you select to lean on for support can help you stay on track or motivate you to keep writing. That person will become your accountability partner. According to Marissa Levin in her article for Inc.com:
“An accountability partner is a person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keep a commitment.”
When I wrote my first book, I had an accountability partner to help me commit to finishing. Her weekly calls compelled me to keep writing even when I didn’t feel like it. Also, I could share my ideas with her and get her feedback on my rough drafts. I did the same for her. I valued having support from someone with a similar goal and going through the same frustrations along the way.
If you want support along your writing journey, I encourage you to find an accountability partner. If you don’t have anyone, you can always try using an accountability app to help you keep writing.
How to make writing easier
- Create an outline or at least write a headline
- Focus your attention on writing
- Find an accountability partner
Writing a book or an article can be a painful process sometimes. But you can make life easier for yourself if you try these three things. I know other writers have their ideas about why writing is so difficult. That’s great for them. But these are things that have made writing easier for me. And I hope they make writing easier for you, too.