(giggle) No seriously, I’m starting to think I’m the only person who doesn’t think writing is hard. I read the blogs of other writers and they go on about how gut-wrenchingly hard it is for them, sometimes, to put words to page; how the angst and doubt are so overwhelming that they cried at some point or another during the writing. That’s never happened to me.
I know. It’s hard to believe. But at no point has writing ever caused me to stress. Am I sometimes not in the mood to write? Yes. Am I sometimes disgusted with what I’ve written? Yes. But I can honestly say, I have never doubted my ability to put words to page and spin a good yarn, so to speak. And even when deep in the frenzy of NaNoWriMo, I don’t stress over sitting down and meeting my word count that day. When I say I’m going to do it, then I sit down and do it. When I decide I don’t want to do it, then I don’t. There’s no working to the point of exhaustion, no little voice telling me that what I’m writing isn’t worth being read.
I suck at marketing. That’s where the angst, tears, and such come into play. Hold on, let me clarify. I suck at mass marketing. One on One? I’ve got a superb success rate when it comes to in your face sales. Any time I’ve spoken to someone in person about my work, I’ve sold a book. The problem has been that those opportunities are few and way far between.
If writing seems difficult to you, why? What are the obstacles you face most often when attempting to get your story told?