12 Reminders For Writers Who Feel Like Giving Up

Some more things you might need to hear.

1. Taking a break is an option. You don’t have to completely stop doing something forever.

2. But if writing no longer makes you happy, you shouldn’t force yourself to do something that’s making you miserable. It’s OK to make the best choice for you in the moment, even if it’s not the most ideal.

3. It’s always when you’re about to quit, when you don’t think you can stand the way things are going for another second, that things seem to suddenly turn around.

4. Most writers still have day jobs. Money isn’t the only reason for writing (or not writing).

5. Writing is hard, but it is not impossible.

6. Every writer has strengths and weaknesses. Just because you are “bad at” one thing doesn’t mean you are “bad” at everything.

7. If you really are going to give up or quit, do it because it’s a decision you are at peace with making, not out of frustration or sadness or because someone else says you should.

8. It’s OK if you just want to write stories for yourself that make you feel things or help you process what’s going on in your world. You don’t have to share everything, or anything, if you don’t want to. You’re still a “real” writer.

9. It’s OK if you never publish anything “professionally” even if you want to. What matters isn’t how “big” you are but how much heart you put into your thoughts and big ideas.

10. It’s OK not to be the best writer that has ever written. There is always going to be someone better than you. You don’t have to be the best. You just have to write things that will draw people to your words.

11. If you love what you write, if it’s meaningful to you, if you are proud of it, then your readers will feel the same way. You are part of everything you write whether you want to be or not.

12. Writing is worth the time, the stress, the effort, the ups, the downs, the everything. And so are you.


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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