10 Truths to Remember If You’re a Writer Feeling Discouraged

3. Rejection isn’t a sign that you’ve failed. It’s an excuse to keep trying.

1. You will have highs, and you will have lows. It is part of the journey. There is nothing wrong with you. You are not “broken.”

2. There will be haters. But if you focus on those who genuinely care and want to see you succeed, the voices of those haters will suddenly be a lot harder to hear.

3. Rejection isn’t a sign that you’ve failed. It’s an excuse to keep trying.

4. There’s giving up. And then there’s pivoting to something that’s worth your energy instead of sticking with something that isn’t.

5. Other people can bring you down, but you don’t have to stay down.

6. Every reason the world gives you to fight for what you deserve is one worth fighting.

7. You’re getting down on yourself because you want to do better. You care. You have an end goal that you haven’t reached yet and you want to change that. That matters.

8. Sometimes the most worthwhile goal is simply to do all you can to be a better writer today than you were yesterday.

9. Things don’t always work out the way we plan and hope they will. Usually, the actual outcome is much better than we ever could have imagined.

10. Tomorrow is a new day. If today didn’t go the way you wanted, rest, and try again in the morning.


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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