12 Gentle Reminders for Struggling Writers

Needed to remind myself of all these things and thought they might help you too.

1. There’s always going to be someone better than you. Your only competition should be trying to be a better writer than you were yesterday.

2. Dreams don’t have deadlines. It’s never too late, too soon, or “the right time.” If you want to do it now, do it now. If you’re not ready, then you’re not ready.

3. Writing isn’t about who gets to the finish line the fastest. It’s about what you’re willing to do with the stories on your mind in the time your universe allows.

4. Getting published isn’t a requirement for all writers. You’re a writer because you write. That’s the only rule.

5. You don’t always have to write about what’s “trending” or “what other people will like.” Sometimes it’s OK to write about your feelings, about your world and how it’s impacting you.

6. Your words are good enough. They’re good enough because you wrote them, and you are good enough.

7. You don’t have to write “the perfect story.” Every story has flaws. Be proud of its imperfections.

8. It’s OK if you don’t write today.

9. It’s OK if you haven’t written for a while.

10. Writing can’t always be your first priority. If it isn’t right now, it doesn’t mean you’re “failing.” It means you’re human and you have more important things to worry about.

11. You are you because you write. If you’re having trouble remembering why writing is “worth it,” remember that YOU are worth it.

12. You have stories to tell. It doesn’t matter what other people think or how big or small your audience is. If you want to tell a story, you don’t need anyone else’s permission to tell it. Just tell it.


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.


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10 thoughts on “12 Gentle Reminders for Struggling Writers

  1. Wow!! Really appreciate your efforts to remind writers of these points, we usually tend to forget these in the competitive social media world! ;) :)

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