If you want easy, play Wheel of Fortune. If you want challenge, play Jeopardy. Not every night, but many evenings, three or four members of our family sit down and watch Jeopardy on TV. My daughter cleans up on the art categories thanks to her AP art history class. My husband is a retired history teacher and has an unfair advantage. Most of the family has some sports knowledge and I specialize in science and health issues. It's fun and competitive, but it's not easy. None of us would beat any of the champions on our own, but we do pretty good as a team.
The challenge of the game is what makes it fun. Having played sports through most of my youth and young adulthood, the contests I remember are the ones where we had to work for victory. Getting to the top of a mountain is more rewarding than climbing the hill in my backyard.
This is my monthly pep talk to myself. Being a successful writer will be that much more fulfilling for the struggle I've endured to get there. It's not easy to write a novel. It's hard work to edit and edit and edit it. It's time consuming to promote and build a platform. For me, coming up with stories and plots is the only easy part of the process I find easy. The rest is work, hard work. But hopefully the end product makes it worthwhile.
What part of the writing process is easy for you? Do enjoy the challenge of the business or does it overwhelm you at times?