Dispelling the Myth that Writing “Must be Hard”

It was lovely to have so many people stop by the table I shared with friend and fellow author, Rod Baker at the Lions Bay Christmas Fair (see photo above) this past Sunday.

One of the comments that comes up repeatedly when I’m at book fairs and signings is that “writing a book is hard.” While it’s an understandable comment from non-writers, it had me thinking and I wanted to share a brief rumination with you, I hope you’ll indulge me for a few moments of your precious time.

While I believe it’s true that anything worth doing well can be challenging at times, I firmly believe that if you’re following your passion, it is a joyous endeavor versus a “hard” one. I have heard this from painters, jewelers, potters, gardeners, and so on. For me, not writing is more difficult than writing. Even after just a few days (or sometimes if I’m traveling—weeks) of not being in my head with my story and characters, I feel disconnected and just plain grumpy!

Do I have moments when I’ve written myself into a corner plot-wise and wanted to tear my hair out? Absolutely! Why do you think my second book has taken so long? But the challenge of working through it (and eventually we always do) and coming out the other side with an even better, stronger story, is always worth the angst. Always.

I’m wondering if you’ve ever felt this way in your vocation or avocation. Did NOT doing it feel easy or difficult? I would love to hear your comments below!

Be sure to tune in next week for my blog post, “What Is Your Dream Worth?”

Until next time…read with gusto; write with joy!


2 thoughts on “Dispelling the Myth that Writing “Must be Hard”

  1. Diana Stevan (@DianaStevan)

    I love writing. What I find easy is getting myself in front of the computer and coming up with ideas. What I find hard is rewriting, which is essential, and getting to a place where I’m satisfied. But like with any art, writing takes passion and hard work. The reward is finding the art within myself.

  2. Karen Post author

    Thanks for your comment, Diana; I agree. I should have voiced my concern in the post that my fear for writers, especially those starting out, is that believing writing is hard can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Likewise, the infamous “writer’s block.” What we focus on expands and that’s not something this writer wants to fuel.

    I know your writing habits and so admire how prolific you are!