Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Easiest and Hardest Part of a Writer’s Life

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Many writers love the title of writer, but they hate the writing process. That’s because the writer’s life is an art form, a means of creating beauty and meaning from words. We can entertain, instruct, inspire, laugh, cry, and encourage others through an incredible gift. It’s also solitary and challenging. Rewrites can be grueling, rejections damage our confidence, and sometimes sales fail to meet our expectations. 

So how can a writer balance the fun and not-so-fun aspects? Easy and hard tasks? Tasks that when woven together fulfill and excite the writer?

Whether you are claiming to be a writer, acting like a writer, or working like a writer, there are easy and not-so-easy features of a writer’s life. Take a look at the following three items and choose for yourself if they are worth the climb to the writer’s summit of satisfaction.

Claiming to be a writer

  • Admit it. We love the looks of admiration and sound of “awe” when others learn we’re writers. Seeing our name on a book or article is a great ego builder.
  • Our book hits the bestsellers list.
  • Our book is nominated for a prestigious award. 

  • Reading poor reviews.
  • Planting our rear in the chair and creating.
  • Sometimes our sales dwindle.

Acting Like a writer

  • Requests to guest blog.
  • Invitations to sign books, teach writing, and speak.
  • Recognition in the publishing world.
  • Posting and responding to social media.
  • Travel to different and exciting areas.
  • Talking about our fabulous career.

  • Time and research needed to guest blog.
  • Preparation to teach writing at a conference or event.
  • Time and research required to write a speech.
  • Time, research, and preparation crafting social media posts.

Working Like a writer

  • The solitude of not adhering to a time clock or a boss.
  • Reading favorite books to understand the competition.
  • Work when our internal clock is the most creative.
  • Travel for research.
  • Naps when needed.

  • It’s a myth. The editor and the demands of the reader are a writer’s bosses.
  • Deadlines are essential to the publishing world. Miss them and say goodbye to future contracts.
  • Finding time to read and study.
  • Stepping out of our comfort zone to research.
  • Hours and hours of work. We never calculate the amount of time spent on a writing project with the money earned. If so, we might quit. 

The easiest and hardest part of a writer’s life are necessary and when woven together provide hours of reader satisfaction—and the writer enjoys it too.

What are the easy and not-so-easy characteristics of your writer’s life?


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Suspense Sister, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson. She teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook:, Twitter: or any of the social media platforms listed at


  1. The hardest part for me is sticking to a schedule. I start out well but when life gets in the way I sometimes cave. But I am better at it than I used to be. Also, the social media aspect of writing is still a challenge for me. Thanks for the post. DiAnn.

    1. Barbara, nothing is accomplished over night. Stick at it! We all face the same challenges with time and work habits.

  2. Great insights; both positive and negative Ms. DiAnn. Sure hope I get to experience some of that "Easy" one day. Have learned to not count the hours I spend writing; it's too depressing to realize my time is worth about $0.04 per hour. God's blessings ma'am.

  3. JD, I think the value is in the satisfaction of doing our best, and we can't ascribe a price. But I so understand!

  4. Great article, DiAnn!
    Makes you question why we do it.
    The grass may not be greener and yet, we still jump into it.

  5. Thanks, Ingmar, writing is a calling, an undeniable draw to create. That's why we jump!

  6. I do so much better when I have deadlines than not! I fritter away lots of time when I don't. I know the answer is probably self-imposed deadlines. Now to make that leap.

    Love the structure of your post!

  7. Great post, DiAnn! My biggest obstacle is distraction. I can blame anyone and everyone, anything and everything, for that, and really, it's all me! Thanks for the "poke!" :)