The Hardest Thing About Writing

Here I am again.
My monthly installment on this blog, yet again, came as a colossal surprise.

I had a grand idea about what to write about this month, but that was sometime closer to the middle of the month, and I don’t know what it was.



What I thought I’d write about instead is this: one of the things I find the hardest about writing.

* It’s not the writing part. I love to write, and there’s little else I’d rather do for work.

*It’s not the editing, which I know so many writers dread. To me, editing is like breathing, and it might be the one thing I’d rather do for work than writing (fellow writers, hold your rotten tomatoes).

*It’s not even trying to stay away from the book that is currently driving me crazy by being all too fetching, tempting and all-consuming (“The Redeeming” by Tamara Leigh, for those wondering).

The hardest thing for me, when it comes to writing, is this: sticking to one story.

Once the enchanting newness of an idea has passed, there comes that sneaking inspiration, that amazing story idea that will.not.go.away.
Do I stick to my current project, or do I abandon my draft?

Cling to this new idea that might be the best story I’ve never told?

I try really hard not to, I’ll tell you that.



I try to jot down the ideas, give them their own document where they may roam freely during my downtime.

But when my current story is hitting plot hole after plot hole, jarring itself from my heart, is it ever tempting to go find that sparkling new plot.

And those are the times I remind myself of what I wrote on the chalkboard over my desk:








Do YOU have anything you really love to do, but still struggle to stick with?

And if I’m the only one with this problem, just tell me what you’re reading 😉



Austin Ryan makes her home in a forest clearing in the nutmegy part of New England.

In love with words, books and all things related, she can usually be found either reading or writing, or even reading about writing.

She wrote her first story at seven, an illustrated adventure about a troll girl retrieving her doll from the moon. The story was self-published in one copy, and most likely still exists in her mother’s attic.

Since then she’s written numerous stories, and now she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Austin writes inspirational romance, working her way toward publication one paragraph at a time.

Apart from all things bookish, her favorite past times include going on adventures with the-best-six-year-old-ever, hanging (more) twinkle lights around the house, or simply watching the waves roll in from the ocean.

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About the Author:

Austin Ryan makes her home in a forest clearing in the nutmegy part of New England. In love with words, books and all things related, she can usually be found either reading or writing, or even reading about writing. She writes inspirational romance, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She’s also a contributing writer at The Romance Readers’ Cafe. You can find Austin on: Instagram The Romance Readers’ Cafe Goodreads


  1. Beth Olsson August 31, 2018 at 12:56 am - Reply

    I have so many extra documents of story ideas! I usually let my imagination go wild and write as much as I can in a given setting, then force myself to file it away. But they all live inside my mind and I never know who will pop up for a chat.

    • Austin Ryan September 4, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Yeah, that’s pretty much what I do. I can concentrate better when they’re out of my head 🙂

  2. Loraine Nunley August 31, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I can really relate to this Austin. You are definitely not the only one with that problem. I get completely distracted by new ideas when I’m stuck on my current WIP. I try to satisfy some of those urges to jump around by actually having more than one story in progress. Right now I’m working on the first draft of a contemporary romance and editing my romantic suspense. When I get stuck on one, I jump to the other. It’s not a perfect system, but it does help me reign in all those pretty and distracting ideas. 🙂

    • Austin Ryan September 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      That’s not a bad idea, Loraine! Glad I’m not the only one struggling with this 🙂

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