Why Writing is Hard


I know why writing is hard. Tim Urban talks about his difficulty in writing, in his blog post about procrastinators, Wait But Why. You can find a myriad of other reasons that writers don’t write all over the internet, also providing another reason not to write, like how to break the writer’s block, how to stimulate creative dialog, to overcome fear, or to write down the bones as Natalie Goldberg puts it so well. It all comes down to the amount of time spent on your work.

Career change: Ah, time, the ever-present, regular mechanism for tracking our life, actions and our place in it. Finding time for work never seemed difficult with a team of eager business owners waiting for my direction to make events or promotional projects move along. Completing an event isn’t hard either because people come, if you do it right, they show up, expecting to be entertained, fed, tempted by unusual goodies and amazed by the experience. Now I’m a writer, no teams, no dates, no pressure, except that in my head, because I have an incredible opportunity to send a book proposal to Ted Weinstein before he forgets all about the book pitch that he liked at the Willamette Writer‘s Conference in August!

Excuses: Working on my second book on community economic development, I wonder how my daughter, a Phd clinical psychology student, would classify my inner self now. Suddenly, I’m helping not one, two or three non-profits, but am volunteering for five different organizations! Equally amazing is the number of consulting contracts I find myself agreeing to because the work is fascinating, the groups enticing or the projects too challenging to pass up. Another time-suck is researching the latest in event management on the web, leading me into a seemingly, endless universe of stimulating ideas, not necessarily new, but creative and colorful, providing ace social media channels to share and comment upon.

Nike knows:  Here’s the gold nugget: the internet can not find the right words for you. There is not enough motivating aphorisms or stimulating coaching that cause the pages to fill themselves. You can’t count on your partner, or anyone else, to squeeze out perfect prose for you. It’s hard to write, that why you do it. The secret is to just do it – a lot more.


About Bridget Bayer

Bridget Bayer is an author and community organizer working to create vibrant main street business districts that support local economies. Bridget believes shared activities are a catalyst for positive change. Her professional work fosters community involvement by creating shared events that enhance communication, develop shared interests and support existing and start-up non-profit organizations. At home, Bridget focuses on innovative ecological practices, hates waste and dependably finds ways to eliminate it. After 25 years in the restaurant industry, she still loves to cook especially with locally sourced veggies including those homegrown from her garden. Bridget, the first mate on Ama Natura, lives on a floating home on the Columbia River in Portland with Peter Wilcox, instigator of the Inside Passage Decarbonization Project, and the lovely Luna, her favorite cat.