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.