• What's your mood at the moment you sit down to write? Depending on what it is, it can make writing hard or easy.
• Are you comparing your efforts to your last book, which you can clearly recall and have yet to lose the momentum you had, or to your first book for which the memory of your labor pains has dissipated? Both could persuade you that writing has become quite easy for you these days.
• Are you competing with yourself or someone else? This ego-driven activity always makes writing seem harder.
• Are you seeking excellence? This has the power to motivate you, but it also has the power to stall you in your tracks. So, once again, writing can become easy or hard.
• Are you simply seeking to honor your talent by refining your expression through the means available to you? Then writing becomes easy because you meet that which would seem hard by simply expecting the best.
I know of many writers, including myself, who have started a novel only to put it aside to work on another idea. Later, sometimes years, we come back to it, and it flows as if there had never been a problem. Why? I think it comes back to one of those items listed above.
I feel the creative part of myself is almost like a separate entity from my day-to-day personality. It has moods and can be just as stubborn as the rest of me. When I write vers libre, my creative self is chomping at the bit to express itself. I have learned to give it room. It makes writing so much easier for me no matter what I am writing.