11 Common Reasons Writers Quit

Maybe not all quitting is shameful.

1. They feel stuck and can’t figure out how to move forward.

2. They simply lose interest and decide it’s not worth trying to keep going.

3. They decide to take a break, except that “break” lasts a really, really long time.

4. They try to work on too many projects at once, and just aren’t wired to juggle so many things at once.

5. They go too hard too fast, then burn out.

6. They struggle with time management and prioritizing and just can’t get it together (yet).

7. They grow out of their ideas/projects before starting/finishing them.

8. Life happens; they have to take a step back, rearrange their priorities.

9. They feel crushed beneath the weight of pressure/criticism/overwhelming feedback.

10. They can’t get past their self-consciousness and related anxieties.

11. They like writing, but they just haven’t figured out where it fits into their life yet. And that’s OK.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.

Help Novelty Revisions become a more valuable resource for aspiring writers.  Join us on Patreon.

5 thoughts on “11 Common Reasons Writers Quit

  1. Amen, and all of these are so true! I tend to take really long breaks, “I feel so emotional, I should rest a bit!” That’s how I missed my NaNoWriMo target last year, I need to print your post just so that I keep these facts of the writerly process in mind. Thanks again for the reminder.

    1. Ooo, that sounds like a great idea. I’m actually considering creating “printable” versions of these posts for download – something you’d be interested in? :)

Compose your words of wisdom

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s