The main challenges you face as a writerPlease describe some of the main challenges you face as a writer and please explain how you plan to help yourself overcome these challenges.

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a professional writer, some of the challenges you might face lie in (1) research; (2) scheduling; (3) isolation. You may find that your research resources are limited, for instance, if you live in a rural area without ready access to significant libraries or if the topic hasn't been widely explored or sourced online. To overcome this, you might pay for access to online resources at scholarly journals or libraries.

You may find it is difficult to schedule the requirements of research, writing, proofreading, rewriting, and marketing (agent, freelance submissions, etc). To overcome this, you might discover the best scheduling technique for your learning style and for your time-use style. For instance, if you are a tactile learner, you might develop a scheduling system that involves things you move from one spot to another when a particular scheduled task needs to be started or stopped. If you like to work on things in large blocks, you might schedule changes in task by the day or by blocks of several or many hours. Conversely, if you like to switch tasks frequently, you might schedule by one-hour blocks or even half-hour blocks. If you like to work on two or more tasks at the same time, you might set up two or more desks!!

If the solitary nature of professional writing is oppressive to you, as some writers find it to be, you might overcome this by doing as much of your work in a public place as possible and as practicable. For instance, you might do most research (with or without laptop in tow) at a university or public library. You might purchase an electronic "writer" to write with that can be downloaded to your computer or laptop; these are small and easy to carry around for writing. You might also follow Goethe's example and hire a scribe to take dictation while you speak aloud what you want write.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When it comes to academic writing with a business perspective the biggest obstacle is to maintain the focus on the purpose of the writing in the first place. Another big challenge is using the proper vocabulary, keeping away from colloquialisms or personal opinions, and not stating strongly enough the point behind the writing.

For example, grant writing is a particularly complex task because it requires that you establish a correlation between the purpose of the grant and the needs-basis of the organization that is writing it. To achieve a successful grant it is imperative to keep in mind everything that the organization wishes to achieve with it. Then, the real task is to put the requirements into clever, simple, and yet, relevant words.

The best way to succeed in business writing is to:

a) Keep a list of the terminology that is most widely-used in scholarly papers, grants, and other publications related to business.

b) Keep another list of dynamic words that are similar to empowerment, productivity, success, vision, and achievement.

c) Make a diagram or chart for your personal use of what are the goals that need to be achieved through a business document: i.e., getting a grant, establishing a partnership, considering an offer, etc.

d) Lastly, work on your own business writing voice making sure to avoid colloquialisms, or infusing your opinion. Facts are key in business writing, and technical terms are expected.

In all, work on building your own "word walls" so that you can refer to them before you begin to write. Once you have the terminology the flow of the information will come much easier to you.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I would agree with post 5. The most difficult part of writing for me is time. When I was younger (and had less responsibilities) I was more able to stop what I was doing and write when the mood struck me. Now that is no longer the case. Even though I feel particularly inspired, I might not be able to stop what I'm doing and write. I also tend to be interrupted more. It's hard to get back in the groove when I've been disrupted. I really need to be in that state of flow inside my head to write well. That's a difficult state to achieve (or stay in) with young children in the house. For me, the ideas and the inspiration is easy, but finding the time to get those ideas out can be almost impossible.
accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I echo the posts of others in focusing on the need for isolation and "space." As a father of four young children, I find silence almost impossible to achieve, and isolation sometimes equally as hard. To try and counter this I do what I can to work and think when my children are either asleep or away, but this is not always a perfect solution, as sometimes you can't just turn on the tap of artistic creativity!

In addition, financially, writing often does not offer a set, monthly wage, which means financial commitments can often be a pressure, and many writers are forced to be involved in other, more regular, work to support themselves. This does not help the issue of finding time!

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The largest challenge I face as a writer is finding uninterrupted time and space to write.  It takes me a while to get "in the zone" of a topic, poetically or otherwise, which is why some of my better writing, in my opinion, has been done in the evening hours, when I have powered down from the day and am more able to concentrate my thoughts.  My second largest challenge is forcing myself to edit my work, or produce at least a few drafts as opposed to just scribbling and leaving it, along with knowing when I need to set something down for the day to gel further in my head before continuing. 
litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most difficult part of writing for me is finding uninterrupted time.  It seems like whenever I need to write, I have to schedule a big block of time when no one is around and I have nothing to do.  Even then, there are often interruptions.  As a writer, you have to learn to be flexible and handle unexpected interruptions so that you can pick up where you left off.  Sometimes you might be in the middle of writing and not get back to it for days.  That's difficult for me.  I prefer marathon writing sessions, where I write nonstop for as long as I can physically hold out.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am currently taking an advanced fiction writing course as part of my Master's and am finding that I create characters who I relate to based upon my own feelings and stereotypes. Unfortunately, what this does is limit potential readers by allowing relation to0 the character to happen only with readers who share my thoughts.


sasikumarupadhaya | Student

as a writer i find challenges to search a theme or subject for writing. usually its difficult to manage time, express emotions and theme selectio for fiction writing. but for a business article writing i am bound to write in limited words. there are still several other challenges like full concentration for writing because of busy schedule.