By: Amie Chadwick
If your writing process is easy, then you might not be writing the right stuff. Most any writer experiences problems, whether it's writer's block, lack of inspiration, plot confusion or (my worst enemy) personal involvement. I believe that these issues are a large part of what enables you to progress.
Often I find my writing issues lead to some discovery about myself and/or my writing. Think of it like a leaky pipe. You can't fix it until you find the leak. Creative or personal works are the same way. You can't improve until you find out what needs improving. Now, this list is often quite long (at least, it is for me) and that's okay. In fact, that's great! The more you can fix, the more you can improve. However, I understand that it can be overwhelming and discouraging to see that list. That's when you have to focus on the improvements and progress you can make as a writer!
I typically write fiction stories, both long and short. I even have a couple of novels on the way. Of course, the longer the story, the longer it takes to write and consequently, the more challenges I encounter along the way. It doesn't help that most of my inspiration comes from my dreams. I record these dreams in a notebook, but it isn't quite the same inspiring moment as it was when I actually experienced it. So when I'm stuck in my story, I can't really re-experience that moment.
My process involves a lot of starting and stopping, a lot of staring and complaining, and a lot of trial and error. But I try to remember that there is always progress to be made as well as progress being made. Bottom line: never stop writing!