Or maybe steel is a better metaphor than I think it is. In the steel mill it certainly has hot fluid parts and cold hard parts.
Of course, writing is mostly "first-world-problem" hard. Unless you're writing in the third world and you've been condemned to death for writing heresy. Which still happens.
"Hundreds of writers around the world have joined human rights groups in urging Saudi Arabia to release a poet who faces a death sentence on charges of apostasy for his poetry."
People who write Broadway plays live in fear
of a bad review in the New York Times.
But at least they don't fear beheading
for literary crimes.