Why Is Writing So Hard

Take a look at your real reasons and make writing easier.

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If writing is so hard there has to be a reason. A lot of people say if you struggle with writing or don’t enjoy it then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. If you love it, it should come easy, but does it really? Is that even true? I always thought the explanation of why writing was so tricky for me was because I wasn’t smart enough, I don’t have an MFA, and no real experience. But, when I thought about it, I realized other things are standing in my way.

Everyone is different and we have our reasons why it’s difficult. We all lead our own lives, we all have obstacles. In the end, they’re still reasons and they nevertheless make writing problematic.

If you want to write and make it a little bit easier you need to know why writing is so challenging for you. Once you know what stands in your way you can figure out how to resolve it and maybe writing will come easy for you.

Writing Schedule

Like any job, you wouldn’t show up whenever you feel like it, do the work occasionally, and not take writing seriously. So why are you treating writing with such disregard?

I always treated writing as if it wasn’t an important job. One that I would go to 9 to 5 and just collect a paycheck and have no other interest in. Except, I wouldn’t show up for the 9 to 5, I was always calling in sick and taking vacation days. I should have been treating it like the most important job I’ve ever been hired to do. And with that comes a schedule, which I’ve never had for writing, and that may be why writing is so hard for me.


It’s not easy to keep things up and be good at them when you don’t do them consistently. To be great at something you have to do it constantly.

I have trouble being consistent, I love a routine but once something gets thrown into the mix which screws that up then I cannot be consistent whatsoever.

Where to Start

To have a schedule you need to know what to put on the schedule, when you’re going to do it, and why you’re going to do it.

That is something I struggle with. I don’t know where to start. I feel like I’m always doing it wrong because I don’t feel I’ve been properly educated and don’t know what to do.


For me to write I need absolute quiet, which is tough to find. Even out in the country, where I live, there are sounds; airplanes overhead, cows mooing, dogs barking, a TV on in the house, my daughter playing, my husband snoring. I wish I could write in chaos, I can’t.


I don’t get my do not disturb time or respect from the people in my household to understand when I’m writing, when I am creating something, I need time to focus. I need zero distractions.

Life Stress

It’s tough to focus when you can’t stop thinking about the ordinary stresses of life. Maybe some meditation and relaxation techniques would cease my dwelling on the everyday.


When I sit down to think about what to write I have messy, jumbled thoughts in my head which need to be sorted through. I have so many ideas and plans, I want to do everything, and I can’t focus on just one thing or organize the entire thing.

Writing Systems

I know I learned about mind mapping, outlining, story structure, and things like that in school but I always thought those were used for writing essays. I thought I should let the creativity flow. The more I write, the more I realize I should be using these systems that I’ve never had in place before.

Writing is tricky when you have hindrances and don’t know what to do with them. Writing is especially troublesome when you have things standing in your way and you don’t even realize they are there.

Once you make a list of what your hurdles are and why they’re happening then you can see for yourself what is holding you back.

Figure out a solution, maybe eliminate or alter the things that are making writing complicated, and find the motivation or the help you need to make writing work for you.

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What Colors Do To Your Emotions

If something is greatly affecting your mood you should have a look at your color palette.

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If I walk into a scarlet room I immediately want to walk back out. For some reason, it affects my mood that much. But I do like red on certain things like sports cars, high heel shoes, and lipstick. Those are what were intended to be red, not a room, unless it’s in a brothel.

Colors and their shades, tints, and tones affect us in different ways. By knowing the affects you may be able to change or help your mood toward a certain direction.

Warm Vs. Cool

Warm Colors
Red, orange, and yellow are warm colors. They grab your attention and make you act, think caution signs.
  • Red can make you hungry and increase your heart rate.
    Apples and hearts are red.
  • Orange is spirited, appealing, and welcoming, it enhances liveliness and pleasure.
    Imagine walking up to a Koi fish pond.
  • Yellow is joyful and spontaneous, it’s full of delight and optimism, it’s positive and cheery.
    The sun brings forth a bright new day.
Cool colors
Green, blue, and purple are all cool colors. Cool colors can be comforting and peaceful but can also prompt sorrow.
  • Green is hopeful and invigorating, this calming color represents well-being, a fresh start, prosperity, and relaxation.
    A young plant sprout, a seedling, characterizes green.
  • Blue is safe and signifies spirituality, security, and trust.
    Think of that ADT sign in your neighbor’s yard.
  • Purple spurs the imagination and represents mystery and prosperity.
    You know that purple piggy bank that you are putting all your dimes in so you can save up to finally quit your day job to write that mystery novel and get rich. What, you don’t have one of those?

Bright Vs. Dark

Bright and Neon Colors
  • Bright and neon colors are stimulating but can be irritating to the eye. The brighter and lighter the color the more happy and positive it is.
    There is a house that I used to drive by every day that appears to be white but it has pink undertones. When the sun sets it glimmers a pinkish white unicorn color. It seems like such a fresh, magical, and happy house. Every time I see it, I smile.
Dark and Muted Colors
  • Dark and muted colors can convey sadness.
    Has the Grim Reaper ever smiled?

Black, Brown, White, and Grey

  • Brown gives off a sense of permanency and support, it is sincere, real and loyal.
    The brown dirt under your feet is a foundation of what brown can represent.
  • Black can be classy, somber, powerful, and luxurious. It is stylish, professional, and modest but can also embody grief, dread, and unhappiness.
    A widow at a funeral or an entrepreneur in a black business suit exemplifies the feeling of black.
  • Gray can be solemn, professional, established, and accountable. It is harmless, submissive, and reserved, and can lack feeling.
    A boring grey rock. That’s it, nothing more.
  • White is innocent, new, fresh, and unsoiled.
    A crisp, white baby’s baptism outfit.

How are colors affecting your emotions and mood? What color are the clothes you wear, the walls in your house or office? Want to sleep better, choose a light green for your bedroom. Do you want to be more creative, purple will help with that. You can create the mood you want by choosing the colors in your life.
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