13 Most Frustrating Things That Will Happen to You This Year

UUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHH.

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1. Someone will ask you to do something writing-related for free.

2. Someone will give you harsh feedback you didn’t outright ask for.

3. Someone will leave you a mean/unhelpful/discouraging comment.

4. You’ll watch someone you know succeed and wonder what’s taking you so long to do the same.

5. You’ll finish a project you aren’t as proud of as you thought you’d be.

6. You’ll get a new idea for a story when you’re not even close to being done with your current four.

7. You’ll feel completely blocked, even though you know there isn’t a good reason for it.

8. You’ll wake up not wanting to write.

9. Some days, you won’t be able to do it — and you’ll feel discouraged.

10. Other days, you’ll do it — but you’ll feel like it wasn’t even worth it.

11. You’ll mess up.

12. You’ll get rejected (again).

13. You’ll start wondering why you even bother.

And how will you deal? You’ll just keep writing. You’ll take it day by day. You’ll make it work.

It won’t always be pretty. But the life of a writer rarely ever is.


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.


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2 thoughts on “13 Most Frustrating Things That Will Happen to You This Year

  1. 4. You’ll watch someone you know succeed and wonder what’s taking you so long to do the same.
    This one is definitely a longstanding weak point for me, though lately I’ve been more concerned with #8, not wanting to write. Or rather, feeling like what I should really do is go have fun, or rest, or otherwise “recover” from the general strains of life, and come back to writing when I feel more “ready” to write.
    But I think the longer you spend away from something, the harder it is to come back.

    At the end of the day, it’s all about giving myself permission to write poorly, cause like you said in another post, bad writing is better than no writing.

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