What Frustrates You Most About Writing ?

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Hey there,

I’m focusing this blog on what makes people accomplish more with their personal and professional writing projects. I need your help though.

I want to ask you a simple question:

What’s your biggest frustration when you write something for work or for pleasure?

If you’ll take a moment to think about it and write an answer, I promise to read and consider it.

Here’s why:

I want this blog to help you. I want it to change your life. I want you to count down the days until we publish our next post and accomplish more on the blank page.

And that means focusing on YOUR needs. So, please, take a moment and let me know what’s bothering you about writing. It’ll be a huge help to me.

Thanks.

Bryan Collins,

Image courtesy of Tanya Little

16 thoughts on “What Frustrates You Most About Writing ?”

  1. Although I love writing, I have a few frustrations:

    1) Too many ideas to choose from – Sometimes I get so excited about an idea that I have to force myself not to abandon what I am currently working on.

    2) Too critical of my writing – I tend to revise quite a bit. I will write an article and then save it (without publishing). I will come back later that day or the next day and revise once more. This continues a few times over several days until I force myself to publish

    3) Worrying too much about what a reader would think – This doesn’t happen so much with my blog, but with my fiction writing, I worry quite a bit. Sometimes I cannot move forward.

    1. Bryan Collins

      Hi Wesley,

      Too many ideas to choose from is a good point. Sometimes I want to write three or four different blog posts at once, but it’s more productive to focus on one.

      As for worrying what the reader will think: I find they can dislike what you’ve to say; don’t care about what you’ve to say, or they agree with you.

      Thanks for taking the time to contribute.

  2. I am overwhelmed by what should be my introduction. Should it be simplistic, should it be eloquent, should it reveal the topic I am discussing about or be general and then go on to be specific in the next paras.

    I worry about what my peers would think of my writing. I have a tendency to hurry, then write and publish the write up online and then go back home and redo it and republish it again.

    1. Bryan Collins

      A writer never really finishes anything, they just run out of time.

      I love short simple openings that draw you in. I always write the introduction last. It’s the hardest part of any work.

      Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback.

  3. Hi Bryan,

    I’m frustrated by the following:

    1) A lack of direction in planning my blog posts. I’m concerned that I don’t have anything to say, when in fact, all I have to do is create categories related to my blog and search for issues in the news that fall into those categories. For example, one category may be new fitness products for children, while another category may be something various fast food chains are doing to increase sales.

    2) I’m also frustrated by trying to tackle large projects and not learning how to do things that are bite size. For example, I may ask myself, what is the one thing that will help my readers? I may begin with a desire to talk about a new policy, but I have to remember that I’m writing a blog not a research paper. Whatever it is, I need to spend more time brain storming and creating outlines that will lead to where I want my blog post to end.

    3) Catching topics in the news and making it fresh to my readers. I want to sound original. No one wants to read stale news stories.

    1. Hi Anne,

      Thanks for the responses. Here are my suggestions:

      1) Direction for your blogging is important and if you’re thinking about it, you’re on the right track. I recommend guest posting for other sites. They will provide you with feedback on your work and direct your writing. You can then decide after the post goes live if this is a direction you want to follow. This is what I do.

      2) The best way to tackle larger projects is to break them down into smaller steps and then spend time lots of time preparing, brainstorming and researching. There’s a great quote by Lincoln who said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

      3) Nobody wants to read stale new stories but, unless you’re writing about news, technology or current affairs, this isn’t as much of an issue as you think. If you create valuable ever green content, it will always be useful to your readers. The beauty of writing online is you can always update content that performs well but which is out of date.

      I hope this helps you.

      1. RE: Guest Posting

        Hi Bryan,

        Do you know of any popular websites where I can search for blogging jobs related to my genre? (children, nutrition, trends in children’s food, children’s fitness, sports). I already receive email from FlexJobs.com, Freelance Writer Jobs, and Freelance Writing Jobs. Are these good websites?

        Anne

        1. Hi Anne,

          You can find a list of blogging jobs on Problogger.net. You should also check ut Beafreelanceblogger.com

          Kind Regards,
          Bryan

  4. Alex Owen-Hill

    Right now, my biggest frustration is not knowing what niche I should be writing in (I have many wide-ranging interests). It means that when I get about halfway through a post or article I suddenly think “Should I be devoting my time to some other writing instead!?”
    Not particularly conducive to productive writing.

    1. This is a common problem. Consider what writers you admire and who you want to emulate and learn from. It’s always a good idea to write about what you’re passionate about and what excites you.

  5. I think for me it is two things:

    A) Impostor syndrome, that my writing will never be “Good Enough.”

    B) When my brain can’t get any traction in writing, where I spend ten minutes typing like 10 words and my brain simply cannot seem to find the words.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Imposter syndrome is fairly common even among successful people. Check out the War of Art by Steven Pressfield for help.

      As for B) try free writing. Put whatever comes to mind onto the blank page no matter how silly. This may help you unlock new and better ideas.

    1. Check out the great book All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin, I think you’ll like it.

      I also recommend guest blogging and or self-publishing your work.

  6. I get frustrated attending the book-fairs. I see the best writings are mostly overlooked, only cheaper writings get a market. That too is very small. Reading is not the passion of the day. The finest writings to get the narrowest door. I doubt even a poem from Patrick Lane would go unnoticed. If I try to read before someone close, I see how disinterested he becomes. I’ve tried this with his poem ‘grief’ and found no interested listnener. It seems now I have to write and set aside for life and beyond. Even, I doubt, after death of the writer the writings will remain as they had been in his lifetime. This is a serious problem for writers writing in non-English language, particularly in countries having low literacy.

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