The other day I posted a poll (both here and on Twitter) asking which part of the writing process was the most difficult.
Here are the results.
Writing the story 21%
Coming up w/ idea 7%
Coming up w/ idea 11%
Writing the story 11%
Overwhelmingly, marketing seems to be the most difficult for writers. The reasons? There could be many.
One could be that the writer is an introvert, and finds the social media intimidating. And speaking of social media, there are thousands and thousands of writers and authors on them trying to get their books and stories out in the world. With all that noise, how does one writer or author find a way to stand out and be noticed?
What’s even more frustrating is that it doesn’t matter if you’re traditional or self-published, you’re still expected to do most of the marketing.
How does one even start?
Here’s an article I found that offered some insights: Marketing Your Books
According to these results, coming up with a story idea doesn’t seems to be that big of an issue for most writers. I suppose what could be problematic is choosing which idea to use. Which one will readers want to read? Which one will I want to write a book-length manuscript, and not get bored half-way through?
For me personally, at this point in my writing career, the editing/revision is the most difficult part. It’s like trying to get a donkey to do something it really doesn’t want to do. Yeah, I can be that kind of a donkey.