‘Good Books Are Hard To Write, Bad Books Are A Breeze’

‘Good Books Are Hard To Write, Bad Books Are A Breeze’

Many of us have a tendency to get frustrated when our work gets difficult. Writer Jon Acuff reminds us of one very simple truth: if you’re doing your work well, it’s supposed to be hard.

While he describes the process in the context of writing a book, the principle is nroadly applicable. Many of the most rewarding jobs are also some of the most challenging. Whether you’re an on-call doctor, a scientist at NASA, or just trying to get published, you’ll get held up, stretched thin, overwhelmed and bogged down. But these aren’t obstacles. They’re the normal process:

Writing a good book is a battle. You fight fear and laziness and doubt. Good books take vulnerability and courage and creativity to write.

Do you know what it takes to write a bad book?


It may sound trite, but being able to recognise in the moment that your stress is exactly what’s supposed to happen can have a positive effect on your attitude. And positive thinking carries with it a host of benefits.

Dear writers, don’t forget this. [Jon Acuff]


  • Article is informative and concise; serves as a good reminder for everyone. However shouldn’t ‘nroadly’ be ‘broadly’?

  • *cough* *cough* Twilight *cough* Fifty Shades

    Prime example of how a badly written book is still easily sold to the masses

    • Well, to be fair, the fact that Twilight is “badly” written doesn’t mean that the author still didn’t sweat over it. I will happily concede that Twilight is badly written though. It was so freakin’ painful to labour through. However I think both of those examples are better noted as how the quality of writing is sometimes less important than the idea behind it. If you’ve got a great idea, it can forgive a multitude of sins.

  • Or just do what steven king does, write as many as possible and occasionally one will be good.

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