Like any art, writing takes hours. Sometimes even days, weeks, or years. It seems like something anyone can do. Just sit in front of a computer or take a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil and start writing. Then read what you’ve written. Does it make sense? Does it flow? Does it hold your interest? Does it tell a story or teach you something? Look at social media posts by non-writers and then take a look at a magazine, newspaper, or literary magazine. How does your writing compare? Is it more like a social media post or more like something written by a professional? I don’t mean to dismiss regular people who write on social media. Some are very good. The majority are not. Many are downright incoherent, vague, badly spelled, poorly punctuated.
Good writing requires much thought, rewriting, editing, and perhaps rewriting again. Many drafts until you get one that’s polished as close to perfection as the writer can make it.
Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” Attributed to the journalist, Gene Fowler. It’s an exaggeration, but not by much.