What Do You Do When Writing Seems Painful?

This next freelance writer concern really caught my interest. Here’s what this writer said:

“Honestly, at the moment, writing gives me pain that I can’t sleep immediately because my brain just can’t stop working when I’m supposed to sleep and I can’t think when I’m supposed to write…and I always have that essay tone when I write.”

So here’s what I suggested.


Q & A: Is Writing Supposed To Be Hard?

Today, let’s move to the next part of the email which I got from a new freelance writer. She said:

“This leads me to thinking that my “Why’s” are not clear just as you have said in the ebook 15 Ways to Get Into Your Writing Mindset, Anytime. I want to be a writer, but I’m asking myself if I want to do it just so I can add it to my offered services as a freelancer or I’m passionate about it. I prefer the latter but then, if writing is really my passion, it shouldn’t be this hard for me to begin.”


First, I’d like to say that you’re not alone. Focus is an issue that rattles almost all freelance writers, heck maybe all freelancers. Simon Sinek said this in his book Start With Why,


Writer Concern: Where Should I Begin?

Aspiring and new freelance writers shared several concerns and asked me some questions about the business of freelance writing since I’ve been at it for almost 5 years now.

Here’s one. See if it resonates with you.

“I’ve been experiencing analysis paralysis for months now because of so many things that I should read to learn writing. And most often than not, I have my head spinning and I will just stop and do other things.”

Here’s what I suggested: