I'll start off by saying that I am new here. Just trying to find a little technical and creative support for my writing. I have been writing off and on for my whole life, but I am getting serious with my writing as of late, trying very hard to come up with something worth publishing. Ever day I write. And every day I struggle with it. I love it, it is very important to me. But at the same time I hate it. It's hard, and I fear I will fail at every attempt. Does anyone else feel like this? I think my hatred of writing is because I desperately want to be good at it, and when I can't find the right words, I get frustrated. To me, writing it like going to the gym and lifting weights and running on the treadmill, but you are exercising your mind instead of your body. The process is hard, exhausting at times, like trying to push a boulder uphill using only your mind. But after all the whining and complaining, exercising the body, just like exercising the mind, is nothing but good for you. Every day I tell myself "Screw it, I'm not going to write today. I'm going to sleep all day. I'm going to watch TV. I'm going to play video games for hours." But then I tell myself "No writer ever became successful (notice I don't say 'famous') by sitting on their ass day after day." Then I write. I write when it's hard. I write because it's hard. Anyone else feel the same? Tell me I'm not alone in this! PS, I wrote 830 words today, just enough to finish the short story I was currently working on. I'm stuck for a new idea, but I'm sure I'll have one by tomorrow. A new boulder to push up a new hill.