Why is Writing a Book So Hard?


Unedited / Monday, March 4th, 2019

A few years ago when I was knee-deep in writing my first novel, I had a slight realization. I was outside with my little dog Bodie. It was that golden hour in the late afternoon when the sun begins filtering through the trees, and the warm summer breeze feels like wanderlust against the heat, and I allowed myself to keep dreaming of becoming an author. Later that day, I wrote down these words:

“If writing novels were a simple task, I would not dream of it is so deeply.”

Maggie Ann Ryan

And yet how true these words are. Writing a book is not easy.

When I tell people I am a writer, their eyes light up. It’s sort of a dreamy profession, I suppose, but I think it’s because so many people have felt that tug in their heart to write a book. I cannot tell you how many people respond by telling me how they’ve always wanted to write a book… but haven’t.

Maybe they’ve tried writing a book but never got past the first three chapters. Maybe they’ve mapped out their entire NYT Future Best Seller, but haven’t written a single word. Or maybe, every weekend, they pour themselves a cup of coffee and sit down to write, only to get frustrated at how awkward their words are. And yet, they continue to dream.

Trust me, writing a book is not easy.

I’ve come to the conclusion at this point in my twenty-year long endeavor to become a really good writer, that what makes writing a book so hard is not, in fact, writing a book. As long as you have a plot and a basic understanding of how to write a sentence, you can write a book.

So what is it that makes it so hard?

Well, in my opinion, it’s because you’re human. Our humanity is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to writing. It’s what makes our words so powerful and our characters resonate in the hearts of our readers. It is also what keeps us from ever writing a single word.

Insecurity, self-doubt, fear, desire, procrastination, perfectionism, distraction, loneliness, jealousy, frustration, guilt… it all comes up at some point as we write (or even just think about writing), whispering in our ears that we are not good enough to write the book we want to write. You see, it is not writing that makes writing so hard. It is the fact that our words are intrinsically entwined with our emotions and our self-worth.

This is why I have designed Bodie & Ryan’s “Write a Book” program to lead you step by step through the entire process of writing a book from beginning to end — not just the writing parts, but the emotional parts as well. Because I can tell you how to use your antagonist to create turn-paging conflict, but if your heart is caught up in how much better everyone else’s antagonists are, you won’t be able to actually write it.

If you struggle with any of these things — insecurity, procrastination, perfectionism, jealousy, frustration — and want to write a book, then you need to learn ways to stop listening to those whispers so you can actually write your book.

My goal for every woman who my company helps is that they feel proud of the book they wrote. I want them to say, “Yea, that’s my book. It’s actually really good!” And then I want them to say, “Writing a book? It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.”

If you have that tug at your heart to write a book, but you struggle with actually writing a book, I’m just here to let you know that Bodie & Ryan’s “Write a Book” program is available to you. You can continue to keep hacking away at your dream, or you can be a part of a safe and encouraging community of other beautifully empowered women who are gently guided, step by step, through the entire process of writing a book from a mere idea to a polished draft that is ready to go to the editors/publishers.

If you are interested in being a part of Bodie & Ryan’s “Write a Book” program, reach out to me at bodieandryan@gmail.com and we will schedule some time to talk about your book idea and get to the bottom of what is really keeping you from writing your book to see if I can help you listen to that tug at your heart and turn your dream into a tangible reality.

I also recommend signing up for my next online writer’s workshop, “What Keeps Us From Writing; an online writing workshop for women who have a story to tell“. You can do so here!

Love to you all, and happy writing!

Maggie Ann Ryan
Bodie & Ryan Co.
www.maggieannryan.com

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