Anyone Can Write

Anyone Can Write

Writing is hard.

To whip up an idea from scratch, breath life into many characters, build brand new worlds, and then to sit down and write putting all these thoughts together, is difficult. That doesn’t even include the editing that comes after plus querying, publishing, marketing, and the like.

There is so much work that gets put into a novel it’s crazy. Writers are crazy. I mean, you have to be in order to create imaginary friends, right?

Writers put their blood, sweat, and tears into each and every novel they create. So when someone says, “writing is easy” it’s no wonder our insane side comes out full force. Writers say to them, “If it’s so easy, you write a book!”

There’s a saying that is well known and I have no idea who said it first, but here it is: “If it were so easy, anyone could do it.”

Here’s the thing: writing is not easy and according to the quote above, not everyone should be able to do it, right? Wrong.

Everything we humans do is difficult, if you really think about it. But we all have our own perspective on things.

If you’ve been doing something for a long time and/or you have a passion for it, the job is going to seem easy. It’s going to be fun and enjoyable.

For example, writing is a passion for me. I do it all the time and have been doing it for years. The only reason it’s hard to me is because there’s a lot of work that needs to be put into it. The amount of work can weigh you down at times, but the end result is totally worth it.

Every profession is hard and easy in their own ways. Writing is no different.

Non-writers can write. The only requirement is imagination and a little creativity.

We have complicated minds and when we tell ourselves we can’t do something, we believe it full-force. So if we believe something is hard, we may not even try it. If we believe something is too easy, we’ll go in with arrogance and then maybe end up embarrassing ourselves.

The point is, you never know unless you try.

Writing may be hard for you or it may be easy. But if you have an idea, why not give it a go? We’re all learning together.

How easy and/or hard is writing for you?

This post was revisited from Anyone Can Do It, which was my very first post on this blog. It’s a terrible post, but I linked to it anyway just to embarrass myself.

26 thoughts on “Anyone Can Write

  1. I hate when people say that to me. To be fair, anyone can physically write by putting words on a page. Not everyone can write a coherent and worthwhile story. For some reason, I met a lot of people in college who thought story writing was simple. Really opened my eyes to how people perceive the job of an author.

    • I know, I’ve met a few people who I’ve had to ask how they made it to college. The thing with writing is that it takes passion, dedication, hard work, and a lot of thought and creativity. Anyone can write, but can they write well? That’s a different story. Then again, writing takes a lot of practice. As long as you really want it and stick with it, you can do it.

      • Great addition to the question. Almost forget, but there is the variation I’ve gotten a few times over the years: ‘Anyone Can Be an Author’. That one really bugs me. Think it stemmed from people hearing about vanity presses and, most recently, the indie author scene.

  2. I think I’ve been lucky. I haven’t had to many people tell me writing is easy, and those that have haven’t gotten the response, “If it’s so easy why don’t you do it.”

    I’m sarcastic. I tend to say, “Yeah… Creating characters that aren’t exact replicas of myself and those I know in new and interesting worlds is so easy.” Luckily the one person I said that to knew me well enough to know they touched on a sensitive subject.

    A lot of people have mentioned that they admired me because they remembered writing papers for school and those being for subjects they one something about, whether they had to research it or not, and not having an easy time of it. They couldn’t imagine how much harder writing fiction could be.

  3. I don’t find writing hard. I find time-management hard! I find self-promotion hard too, but not writing. That is probably, as you say, down to passion – I love words and I love playing with words. My husband doesn’t have that passion and so, he finds writing hard (and his dyslexia doesn’t help).

    I think it’s all about discipline and that is true of any path you choose to take (even becoming a slob requires some effort!) If you decide you want to do something – write a book, get fit, learn bricklaying, become a chess master, or whatever it is, you’ve got to make a conscious decision to put the effort in and to become the best you can be in your chosen area.

    That sort of discipline and drive to push themselves is what people ultimately find hard, rather than the task at hand.

  4. The hardest part of writing is self-promotion. The “writing is easy” fallacy probably stems from everyone who self-publishes a book. Yes, it’s easy to put anything you want online and call it “published,” but to make it good and to get it an audience… that’s the hard part.

  5. I fully believe that anyone can do anything. Does that mean they’ll be good at it? No. I’m a terrible athlete, but I go out of my way to try martial arts. Of course, I end up with bruised shoulders, a dislocated wrist, and blisters on my feet. I don’t get anywhere. Anyone can sing or act or dance, but to get really good at it takes a lot of hard work. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

  6. You know what always confuses me? People who say they want to write a novel one day, but when you ask them, they’d never even written a paragraph of fiction in their lives… I don’t judge, I just don’t really understand, because for me writing is a need.

  7. I definitely find writing to be difficult, as I find pretty much everything I do, haha. The good thing is that if you find something difficult and yet you still have a passion for it, I don’t think it necessarily means you’re bad at it. It just means that you are constantly pushing yourself and getting better all the time time. Yet even though writing well and being able to convey exactly what I want to convey is tough, I do love that it is more accessible (definitely not the same thing as easy) than other things. For example, coding can seem harder to me than writing because it’s so much less accessible. I didn’t grow up coding and working with computers but I did grow up reading, which naturally led to writing.

    • I agree. If you have a passion for something then it’s good if it’s hard because then you really do push yourself to do better. And I think everyone needs a good push now and then.

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