As a book blogger, I've heard it said that writing is hard. I've seen it tweeted, heard it first-hand and in the past year, I've been experiencing it.
Writers that I've met have made it look so easy but that's because we don't see the 24/7 version of their lives that involves WAY too much tea and/or coffee, lots of eating of things that shouldn't be eaten on a daily basis (e.g. a whole packet of chocolate digestives and the entire wedge of cheese) and the constant battle between the blank page and your brain to find words that aren't shit.
Writing is very hard
It needs a level of will power that goes beyond the top range any normal human being would possess (generally implemented when the choccy tin gets past around at Christmas) and a level of focus that even the strongest mind would wobble over.
Writing is difficult
Finding a time to do it after having completed a full work day, cooked and eaten dinner and then being expected (by yourself and the big evil eye over your head) to proceed literary gold instead of gibberish and nonsense.
Writing is painful
Once you've found the will to turn off the repeat episode of Keeping Up With The Karadashians and turned on the laptop, you've then got to beat yourself senseless while you write in order to truly feel like you've achieved. You've got to spill out a few hundred words, look back at them and then sob quietly at the fact that they could've been written better by a monkey.
Writing is a challenge
It's always in the back of your brain and you know that the only person who can finish the project you've started is YOU. No amount of help or notes from anyone else will get it ready to hand over for an agent to look at. Then comes that little painful endeavour.....
Writing takes time
Once you've smashed up twenty computers in despair at your constant use of the word "said" or "banana" and then you've stopped crying long enough to edit it, you've then got to hand it on to someone else to say to you "You seem to use the word banana quite a bit. Can you change it more?" and then you fix it again and again and then, just maybe, you hand it over to an agent or two so that they hopefully sign you up.
Writing is fun
With all that said and done, it's still amazing to play with words and create characters that become so real that you even know what they'd pick off a menu when you're out for dinner or how they'd react to some gossip you overhear on the bus. You get to create entire universes and no one can tell you your wrong in doing it. Nothing you write is wrong; it just might need altering so it is even better than before.
Writing is a process
It's long and there a some really hard days but there are also some utterly wonderful ones too. You might write a whole book, only to realise that it isn't right for you or doesn't quite work for the character you've got in your head and needs to be rewritten or put away for a while. Or even locked in a drawer and never spoken of again. It's all learning though and that's the cool bit. Even you mistakes are positives (annoying positives but still positives).
Writing is what I should be doing right now
I get distracted and can't focus but I've got the luxury of time to do it and a job that can pay the bills so I keep writing and hope I strike it lucky with the next sentence.