(Hint: it’s not grammar.)
Face it. Writing ranks right up at the top of the list of difficult tasks for many people. It scares folks.
But the hardest part about being a writer isn’t grammar or spelling. It’s not even criticism although that does sting from time to time.
And believe me, the hardest part isn’t coming up with new ideas.
To be honest, new ideas create the most trying aspect of being a writer. Ideas! Those voices inside our heads keep popping up. They never stop. Just as we try to relax for a moment, the topic of the next blog post pops into our head. How many of us get the next best idea in the shower? We begin to fall asleep and—bam! The next chapter of our book unfolds in our heads. Of course, we have to get up and jot it down.
Then a rebellious character says something we hadn’t planned at all. It takes us in a new direction. Rewrite!
Well, type away. Oh! An idea for a brand new book intrudes in the middle of the scene!
So I suggest that the most challenging part about being a writer is that the voices never leave our heads. The intrusion never stops.
But it’s also the most exciting part. We cannot shut out those voices anyway, so we embrace them and keep a pencil handy. Besides, for a writer, there's nothing worse than for the voices to go silent.
Do you agree? If not, what makes the toughest part to you?