12 Things Writing Experts Almost Never Tell Aspiring Creatives

It’s time for some tough love.

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1. Their way is not the best or only way.

2. You don’t have to be a bestselling author to be a successful writer.

3. Most people aren’t interested in your story until after you’ve actually written it.

4. Talking about what you’re going to do instead of actually doing it isn’t productive at all.

5. No two writers achieve similar goals within the same time frame.

6. Most of the time, rejection doesn’t come with a clear reason. You just have to keep writing anyway.

7. Stop making excuses. If you can’t write, it’s most likely your fault.

8. Writing is hard every step of the way.

9. Eighty percent of the time, it is not fun.

10. Most people who say they’re going to write something never do.

11. Writing advice won’t help you if you don’t actually make an effort to write anything.

12. Writing is a worthwhile job. But that’s what it is: a job. Take it seriously. But do it because you love it.


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 Writing Experts Almost Never Tell Aspiring Creatives

  1. I honestly found all 12 extremely helpful. I have a goal for myself and it is to someday write a book that I already have an outline for. But if I do not write it, the book will only be in my dreams and not reality. Thank you!!

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