Captain Obvious Says, “Life’s Not Easy”

And neither is writing. A lot of the time, we fool ourselves into thinking that a hobby like writing is a nice escape from the difficulties of life and reality and should therefore be fun and relaxing all the time. Then you stumble into writer’s block or a plot snag, and you’re once again rudely awakened to the fact that hobbies are frustrating, too. If you want to really relax, don’t pick up a pen or start typing at a keyboard. Go zone out in front of a movie instead.

Don’t be deceived by authors like Debbie Macomber and Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King who publish what seems like multiple books in one year. Writing isn’t easy and it’s not always fun. Yes, it can be, but it’s not going to be that way all the time.

Sometimes the inherent difficulties of writing are what make it fun in the first place. It’s difficult to write consistently every single day, so that’s why there are challenges like NaNoWriMo and Milwordy. So when writing gets difficult, don’t despair. It’s supposed to be like this!

So what can you do? I have no sage advice other than to just ride it out, like you would any other setback in life. My other favorite way (which I’ve written about on here before) to avoid some of the difficulties of writing is to have more than one project going on at once. That way you can move on to your other project if the first one is giving you problems. It’s rare that all the things you’re working on will run into issues at the same time.

5 thoughts on “Captain Obvious Says, “Life’s Not Easy”

  1. Great topic, Maggie. I hope the writing is going well! I really need to get on my manuscript. I always push writers to create mood boards/ or collections of things they like or find interesting. I have mine on Pinterest. 🙂

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    1. If I did that, I’d get sucked into Pinterest for hours! It does help if you need to search for images to help you quickly visualize something.

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