12 Reasons You Keep Letting Your Excuses Win

You have a lot to learn.

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1. You don’t have a support system, so writing can’t always be your priority.

2. You’re easily discouraged.

3. You take failure too seriously.

4. You don’t know the difference between “tired” and “creative fatigue.” (One you can’t usually push through, the other you usually can.)

5. You don’t actually want to write, you just like the idea of having written.

6. You’re trying to write for the wrong reasons.

7. You don’t know how to manage your time.

8. You always do the least important tasks first, and leave writing until the very end.

9. You follow your distractions because you need to “relax” for “a few minutes.”

10. Life keeps getting in the way, and you keep letting it.

11. You want instant results to follow a minimum amount of effort.

12. You just haven’t figured out a writing routine that works for you yet. But you’re getting there. Slowly.


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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4 thoughts on “12 Reasons You Keep Letting Your Excuses Win

  1. I’ve had a poetry book project in mind since 2012, and I’m going to start taking it more seriously. I resonate with reasons 7, 8, 9, and 12. I’m inspired by contemporary poets and their accomplishments, and I’m ready to give writing a priority :)

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