Why is writing so hard?

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I sat down at the laundromat today, opened my laptop, intended to work on my new book, and wound up spending an hour changing the font on my blog.

I wrote out an outline for this piece while I was at residency and I’m roughly halfway through the outline and I only have about 14k words. Obviously there is plenty of room to unpack this story more.

I’m wondering though, if I should unpack from what I have or if I should be adding to the story overall. Maybe I flew to this point in the the story because it’s not really the climax but just a climax in Act I.

I like the flow and pacing of this first part–but I’m also incredibly biased about it.

Ugh! Why is writing so hard!?

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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.


  1. Writing is definitely a struggle! But if it wasn’t everyone would do it! I myself always find that I am short on words. Nothing I write is ever as long as I need it to be… except for essays… in which I usually overshoot my word count and then have to spend forever editing. Why can’t we just catch a break!?


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