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8 Reasons Writing Is so Hard.

By Jonathan Carnino

It can be hard to know where to start when you're trying to write something. You might feel like you have nothing to say, or that what you do have to say isn't worth saying. But the truth is, writing can be hard for a lot of different reasons. Here are a few of them:

1. You have to be able to express yourself clearly.

When you're writing, you need to be able to communicate your ideas to other people. This means being clear and concise, and making sure your words are easy to understand.

Everyone has their own method of clearing their head. Walking in nature, free-writing, a steamy cup of tea, and beginning with a first draft are all excellent methods to clear your mind to write clearly.

2. You have to practice writing often.

Like any other skill, writing gets better the more you do it. If you want to be a good writer, you need to write often – and not just when you feel like it.

Even if you don't feel like writing, try setting aside a little time each day to write something. It might be a sentence, a paragraph, or just a few notes. But make sure you actually sit down and do the writing.

3. You have to be able to edit yourself.

Editing is one of the most important – and difficult – aspects of writing. It's one thing to come up with a great idea, but it's another thing entirely to be able to edit that idea so it's perfect.

This means being able to cut out unnecessary words, fix grammar mistakes, and make sure your writing is clear and concise.

4. You have to be willing to make mistakes.

No one writes perfectly the first time they try. You need to be willing to make mistakes, and learn from them.

It can be hard to know where to start when you're trying to write something. You might feel like you have nothing worth saying, or that what you do want/have say isn't clear enough. But the truth is, writing can be hard for a lot of different reasons.

5. You have to be willing to accept criticism.

There's no getting around it – writing is a subjective art. What one person loves, another person might hate. And that's okay.

But it can be hard to take criticism when your work is criticized. You need to be able to accept feedback (both positive and negative) and learn from it.

6. You have to be able to focus on your work.

It can be hard to focus on your work when there are so many distractions around you. Especially if you're working from home, it's easy to get distracted by the TV, the internet, or just by all the things you need to do but haven't gotten around to yet.

If you find it hard to focus, try finding a quiet place to work or waking up at a time when there isn't much going on in the world (the peace and quiet of a 4:00 AM cup of coffee is unmatched).

7. You have to be able to stay organized.

It can be hard to keep track of everything you need to do when you're writing a paper, article, or book. You need to be able to plan your work, and make sure you're staying on track.

If you find it hard to stay organized, try using a tool like Asana or Trello to keep track of your tasks.

8. You have to be patient.

It can take a long time to craft a nice piece of work. It's not something that happens overnight – it takes time and practice.

If you're not patient, writing might not be the right vocation. But if you're willing to put in the time and effort, you can become a great writer.


These are just a few of the reasons why writing can be hard. But don't let that discourage you – with practice, you can hone your skills. And the more you write, the easier it will become.