1. None of us do.
2. What you’re “doing” actually changes sometimes — writing is a more diverse, unpredictable hobby/profession than you might think.
3. To question your purpose and why you’re doing something is to force yourself to remember where your true passions reside.
4. Believe it or not, there is no real “rule book” for writing. In most cases, you make your own rules.
5. Creativity is about exploration. Let yourself learn by doing. Tell stories you’ve always been afraid to tell, about things you feel you don’t know much about. Dare to try.
6. The more you write, the better you become at writing.
7. You might have deadlines, but you’re not in a hurry to get somewhere quickly. Writing is a skill that takes years to improve on. Give yourself that time. Be patient.
8. You don’t have to do this alone. There are people who have been where you are. They can help you.
9. Doing things “wrong” is how we learn how to do things “better.” Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
10. The only to “figure it out” is to keep doing it until you accidentally figure it out. :)
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.
3 thoughts on “10 Important Reminders for Writers Who Have No Idea What They’re Doing”
Thanks for the encouragement :)
I love this, and always enjoy your posts. Definitely the part where you said none of us know what we are doing. I definitely feel that. We are figuring it out as we go, and since we are always changing there’s always figuring out to be done!