What? I Can Write! Five Challenges Every Writer Faces

“A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.”—Samuel Johnson

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Five Challenges Every Writer Faces

Writing ultimately is a very satisfying endeavor for those who are drawn to it. Nevertheless, there are numerous daily challenges all of us who write must deal with if we wish to be consistently productive in our writing. Here are five of the most common.

  1. Time. Unless you are retired or financially independent with plenty of time on your hands, chances are you are going to have to be creative in finding or making time to write. Morning, evening, lunchtime, after the kids are in bed; find out what works best for you—even if it’s only an hour a day—and guard it jealously.

  2. Inspiration. No matter how driven you are to write, there will be times when your creative well seems to dry up. That’s when you need a strategy for keeping the dream and the excitement alive from day to day. Keep motivational and/or imagination-stimulating materials on hand to help you reignite the flame.

  3. Discipline. Nobody likes to talk about the “d”-word, but we have to face facts: good writing will not happen by itself. There comes a time when, no matter what, you have to sit yourself down in front of that computer screen and write. No excuses.

  4. Distractions. Some distractions can’t be ignored (kids fighting, family emergency, house on fire), but as much as possible, take deliberate steps to minimize unnecessary distractions. Enlist your family’s help in protecting your writing time by leaving you alone except in the case of a genuine emergency.

Time-wasters. Most of us waste more time than we imagine. Be ruthless with yourself when it comes time to write. Identify and eliminate the time-wasters that slow you down (email, web-surfing, etc.).Those things can wait. When it’s time to write…write!

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