Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it IS hard.
Have you ever been in a situation when you feel stuck? No matter what you write, nothing makes sense. You want to give up and start feeling like you’re the worst writer in the entire world. Well, I have. Some part of me says that I am a talentless failure, that I should give all this up. But luckily, there are way better writers and artists than I am, saying that this feeling of complete despair is rather normal, and battling the Inner Critic is the inevitable challenge of the work.
William Zinnisser in On Writing – book not just for writers, but anyone who ever writes anything – highlights the ‘hard work’ that is often left overlooked behind an effortless-looking result.
Some people might say that writing isn’t the most difficult job that one can have. But what makes it difficult is that you have to battle with your malicious inner critic pretty much every day. It can be debilitating sometimes, but we still go on.
In 1955 graphic artist M.C. Escher in his letter to his son Arthur how he too battles with his own inner critic and the driving force that’s been pushing him to pursue his art is tenaciousness, rather than talent.