The 12 Hardest Things About Writing

Whoever says it’s easy has never actually tried it.

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1. Deciding what “success” would look like for you as a writer.

2. Standing out.

3. Separating your work from your worth.

4. Picking just one idea to write about.

5. And, some days … trying to come up with SOMETHING to write about.

6. Starting.

7. Staying focused (some distractions are obvious; others are not).

8. Filtering through all the “noise” in your head to find the ideas worth writing down.

9. Balancing writing with everything else going on in your life.

10. Actually sitting down to do it when you’d rather be doing 50 other things.

11. Continuing to write when no one is reading.

12. Believing you can do it when it feels like you’re the only one who does.


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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