1. It’s easy to forget that most of the published books and articles you’ve read have been rewritten, edited, and polished multiple times over. It doesn’t come out perfectly the first time!
2. Writing takes more time than you’d expect. Even experts can’t always do it quickly — because writing isn’t always about how fast you can go, but how efficiently you can use the time you have.
3. Schedules are hard. It’s hard to stick to a set routine with something like writing when it isn’t technically something you “have” to do.
4. You’ve never heard a writer actually talk about what it’s really like to “be” a writer.
5. Writers with big followings don’t talk enough about what it’s really like to “be” a writer.
6. You’re used to getting the results you want almost instantly, even though instant gratification is the absolute last thing writing is probably going to grant you.
7. You’re writing what you think you “should” be writing instead of what you really want to write.
8. You’re too worried about things that don’t matter yet — like having the most original idea or getting published. Most writers undergo a lot of practice before they’re ready to go big.
9. Your writing goals are too ambitious. I know, it sounds wild! But remember that every writer starts out small, and that even the smallest of accomplishments still count.
10. Distractions are hard for just about everyone who’s trying to get things done. They’re everywhere, they’re entertaining, and once you’re distracted, it’s even harder to get the words written.
11. Storytelling is hard. It’s not just something you’re naturally good at. To get “good” at it, you have to do it often, consistently, for a long time. Many people don’t know how to build up the stamina to do that. You can, though, as long as you keep writing.
12. You’re still figuring things out. Don’t worry — you’ll get the hang of this!
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.