12 Things Writers Never Really ‘Grow Out Of’

You don’t grow out of it. You learn to live with it.

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1. Your fear of being judged for what you write.

2. The possibility of never actually writing the thing you want to write.

3. Your anxiety about showing your work to other people.

4. Also, about submitting your work to professionals. (!)

5. Your hatred of self-editing.

6. Procrastination.

7. That thing where you know you’re just making excuses but you still can’t write.

8. Your fear of rejection.

9. The weird feeling you always get after someone gives you feedback of any kind.

10. Your dislike of asking people for money (cringe).

11. Your struggles with time/project management.

12. Your hunger to create, even when you’d rather leave it behind.


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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7 thoughts on “12 Things Writers Never Really ‘Grow Out Of’

  1. For me the biggest challenge would probably be the constant feeling that I could/should be “doing more”. There’s always a certain point where the “fun” dwindles, and if I press on, a point where I just “can’t”, but there’s always a vague feeling/wish that I could “be more focused” and more “regimented” in my efforts, that I wasn’t so easily tempted by other activities, though on some level I can recognize that there’s always “more” I could do, and there’s a very real need to not sacrifice “tomorrow” for the sake of doing a little more today.

    1. This is too relatable. When I don’t have any pressing deadlines, I feel guilty for “not writing.” I think some of us never really get over that, we just have to try balancing work and play as best we can.

      1. I try to subscribe to a tyoe of self-imposed deadline, a certain number of hours spent on writing each week, but in general I avoid completion/word count deadlines, as they tend to trigger my anxiety and distract me from the actuql work, or I may “finish”, but the truth is I rushed and did not write a quality piece.
        There are definitely times where I wish I could complete something by Sunday, but the truth is it almost always takes longer than I expect.

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