The Difficulties Of Being A Writer
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The Difficulties Of Being A Writer

What is it really like as a writer?

The Difficulties Of Being A Writer

People say writing is easy. People say writing is simple. Well, let me just debunk those theories and tell you some of the hardships that I, and probably most writers, experience in this field. First thing, which is probably the most common, is that it is really difficult to constantly come up with new and creative ideas to keep the audience entertained. This first problem is probably the largest issue that we writers go through. Also related to writers’ block, it is hard to keep up with all the deadlines and expectations that we have. Even before starting to write, sometimes, I just sit there and think of a topic and it can take hours. Then, when beginning to write, I will stop during the piece and then think for a long time of what to write next. (PS I even have writer’s block while writing this piece.) The difficulties don't stop there.

Having the constant pressure to always impress and entertain your readers is one of the hardest tasks. I’m not blaming the readers, but there is an inbuilt pressure that writers experience that deals with living up to the readers’ expectations and standards. Every time I write articles, I am afraid that many people may not like the topics or many people may negatively comment on them. Although I should be able to take constructive criticism for my writing pieces and be open to improvement, there is always a certain part of me that is sensitive to these criticisms. Also, from personal experience, I write on a variety of topics, which can confuse my readers. Because of this variety, I get a lot of comments on the switch of topics and inconsistency. This makes it more difficult for me to write about new ideas and issues because of my fear of not being consistent with my work.

Finally, the commitment. As a writer, it may not seem like much work, but there is a lot of commitment that writers need to put in. The time, the effort, and the thinking can be quite a handful. Because of this, many writers will stop or take a break in the middle of their writing career because of the time that it takes away from their daily lives, especially as students who attend college. With all the student work, writing articles weekly can be too much work. However, even with all the difficulties, I think more good has come out of my writing career than bad. Through writing, I got to explore different topics and ideas and also got to relay my own voice and be present in the world. For everyone thinking writing is too much time and effort, I definitely believe that everyone should give it a try because you never know if it may be for you.

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