I love writing. Since I’m aesthetically challenged, writing is my only creative outlet. I’ve been writing reviews for about two years, and have been blogging for just over half a year. And for about just as long, I’ve been writing novels. It feels great to finally have the confidence to get my stories out on paper. To shape and polish them until they shine. To meet characters who I grow to love. Writing is amazing.
It’s also a bit of a bitch.
Here’s a list of reasons why writing can be pretty challenging.
Forcing yourself to write
Because if you’re going to wait until you feel inspired to write, that novel is never going to be finished. You need to sit down and make yourself write. It doesn’t matter if it’s shit. You can always make things sound better when you edit. All you need to do is write, and sometimes that’s really hard, because you don’t always feel like writing.
Sitting in the same position for hours
I’m 22. I’m getting old. My back hurts, okay?
The headaches that come from staring at a screen
They’re real. They’re absolutely real. I wish I didn’t have to stare at my computer for so long, but the thing is, I can’t write on paper. My hand can’t keep up with the speed of my working braincell and my handwriting becomes sloppy. Besides, you just have to type it up after that, and you still end up looking at a screen.
“I’M WRITING. I’M WRITING! I’M… back on Twitter. Fuck.” This is an absolute problem. Someone once told me that writing is 10% talent and 90% not getting distracted by the internet. Writing, for me, is half an hour of writing, and three hours of aimlessly browsing.
Coming back to your work and thinking it’s shit
Overall, I’m usually pretty happy with the story I put on paper. But then I put the story down for a couple months to let it rest, and I come back to my first draft, and it’s complete and utter shit. Then you have to muster up the motivation to take that piece of shit and look at it as though it’s really good fertiliser, with which you can make beautiful flowers of stories. (Thank you Synesthesia @ GR for that analogy)
Getting shiny new ideas for other stories
There is nothing more frustrating than working on a story and suddenly getting ideas for plots and quotes for other stories. This always happens to me during NaNo and it’s the worst. I want to get ideas for my current story, not cheat on it with new ones!
Editing five times and still finding typos
How on Earth did I miss these the first four times?!
That awkward moment when your family & friends ask you what you’re writing about
Completely fine when you’re writing something you’re actually comfortable talking about with them, like, “Oh, I’m writing this really cool crime story”. Having to tell them you’re writing a story about friends with benefits? Kind of awkward. I generally tend to leave that part out.
Telling them that “the age difference is because I’m crushing on middle-aged celebrities” doesn’t help either.
I don’t know about you, but after a couple hours of writing/editing, I always feel braindead. Like I will never feel creative ever again.
Reading other people’s works and despairing because they’re better
I still read a lot. Published books, mostly, but I also betaread for some friends. It sometimes makes me feel insecure because their writing is so much better. Then I read a particularly dreadful book *coughFiftyShadescough* and I feel better again.