So I guess writing does not get easier?
As depressing as this might be, I think it is important to draw a distinction here.
While the actual work – the writing itself – may not get easier, I believe that getting attention for what you write can get easier.
For example, while Stephen King may struggle with a sentence just as much today as he did 20 years ago, today he has much less difficulty getting people to like his books – and buy his books.
I believe the same thing goes for blogging.
My best, most articulate, post ever may only get so much attention.
But if Tim Ferriss posted the exact same thing, millions of people would see it.
It boils down to the size of your platform.
This is why, when writers who are just starting out ask me when it gets easier, my answer is never. It never gets easier. I don’t want to scare them, so I rarely say more than that, but the truth is that, if anything, it gets harder. The writing life isn’t just filled with predictable uncertainties but with the awareness that we are always starting over again. That everything we ever write will be flawed. We may have written one
book,or many, but all we know—if we know anything at all—is how to write the book we’re writing. All novels are failures. Perfection itself would be a failure. All we can hope is that we will fail better. That we won’t succumb to fear of the unknown.
-Dani Shapiro, Still Writing