Your Writing Will Never Make Every Reader Happy

Not all writers are people-pleasers. Yet we all have to do everything we can to satisfy our audiences (real or imagined) all the same.

Not all writers are people-pleasers. Yet we all have to do everything we can to satisfy our audiences (real or imagined) all the same.

Many writers, however, also live with the general desire to make everyone they interact with happy. It’s impossible, of course. We know this. That doesn’t stop the urgency. The never-ending quest for perfection. The irrational hope that everyone will always like everything we do.

Or publish.

You’ve likely heard before that trying to please everyone as a writer is a direct line to years of misery, disappointment, and — probably — failure.

All that’s 100% true, don’t get me wrong.

But has anyone ever actually told you how the HECK you’re supposed to keep writing when you know for a fact some people aren’t going to like it?

Hi. Hello. I have advice. It’s why you’re here, after all, isn’t it? Let’s get to it.

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12 Perks of Being a Writer We Don’t Talk Enough About

Sometimes! People! Send! You! Free! Books!!

1. There are many kind people to meet in the writing/publishing community, and once you find your warm corner of diverse individuals, some of those people become friends for life.

2. You have a built-in excuse to read more books, because prolific readers make better writers!

3. Also: an excuse to buy more pens. You can never have too many pens.

4. Sometimes you get to fill blank pages with stuff you totally made up out of nothing?? And it doesn’t even have to be good or make sense??? It just has to exist?!

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11 Signs Your Writing Slump Is Finally Ending

4. Your “I should be writing” feelings have turned into “I very much want to be writing right now!”

1. You! Almost! Have! A new! Idea! It’s not a fully formed idea but THERE’S A SPARK.

2. You’ve started looking more closely at your schedule/routine to figure out when you’re going to fit writing in.

3. Do you hear that? It’s your characters. They’re trying to talk to you (and for once, you don’t mind).

4. Your “I should be writing” feelings have turned into “I very much want to be writing right now!”

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10 Essential Mantras to Get You Through a Difficult Writing Session

8. If I write today, I will be a better writer tomorrow than I am right now.

1. I’m telling a story that someone, somewhere, needs to hear. I won’t let them down.

2. All the things I’d rather be doing right now will still be there when I’m done writing.

3. I’m doing the hard work. The hard work is how success happens. This is progress.

4. These words are important. They will matter to someone. They aren’t useless.

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12 Reminders for Writers Who Might Be Afraid to Let Their Favorite Story Go

5. Just because you never publish it doesn’t mean it never mattered.

1. All stories must end.

2. All writers must say farewell to familiar characters and places to make room for creating new ones.

3. You are not a “failure” for leaving a beloved story behind.

4. In fact, the best writers are the ones who can let go, move on, and look back only in positive, constructive reflection.

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10 Reasons to Write Even When It Feels Like No One’s Listening

4. More work happens behind closed doors than you might realize. You have to put in the time before you can enjoy the results.

1. Even when you don’t think writing will make you feel better, it always does.

2. Just because no one tells you they’re reading doesn’t mean they aren’t.

3. Alone time with your characters isn’t all bad. In fact, it’s some of the most precious time you’ll have as a storyteller.

4. More work happens behind closed doors than you might realize. You have to put in the time before you can enjoy the results.

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Trying to Be Everything | The Blank Page

There will be pressure to split your soul into many parts. Don’t do that.

The Blank Page is a new weekly series on Novelty Revisions dedicated to any writer who is just beginning their journey or starting again after a long pause. Check back every Monday for more tips and inspiration.


I learned very quickly after signing my first contract agreeing to my first paid writing job that in amateur publishing, being a writer did not mean you were “just” a writer.

Someone who desperately wanted to impress her editors — why wouldn’t you, at 19, working in a ridiculously competitive field since literally every young adult wants to be a writer for some reason I guess? — couldn’t get by just turning in 500 words plain without flavor. It wasn’t enough to submit nearly flawless copy. It needed a photo. A graphic of some kind. A custom-made chart? It didn’t NEED it. Well, no one said it did. That was implied.

You weren’t paid to be a photographer or a graphic designer. You weren’t paid to spend your free time learning how to shoot and edit video, use Google Analytics or interpret basic SEO recommendations. These were just all things you did. That’s how you stood out: By trying to be everything.

If only someone had told that exhausted, burned-out aspiring writer that just because it made you more marketable didn’t mean it was worth the misery.

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Start Writing a Story That Wakes You Up

I’ve believed for a long time that stories choose their tellers.

Everyone has something they love to do so much that they wake up every morning like it’s a holiday — because they’re so excited to get out of bed and do more of that thing they love. You just have to find your thing.

The second I heard some version of this mantra, my life changed forever.

In all honestly, the biggest downside to writing professionally is that you often have to write, edit, and complete other tasks you’re not overly enthusiastic about. People talk about writing like it’s this glorious stress-free career, and perhaps for some people and at some points it might seem that way. But the reality is that you don’t get to spend every single moment of every day doing what you love most.

So when people actually started paying me to write things for them, I had this brief existential crisis. Up until that point I had always dreamed of publishing a novel, of writing fiction for a living and never having to write a 20-page listicle ever again. And yet there I was, writing every day because it was my job — but not the kind of writing I’d always thought I would be doing.

I became extremely discouraged the more I thought about how my dreams weren’t coming true, at least not as quickly or in the exact fashion I’d hoped they would.

Then someone told me to find my “thing.” Or in this case, my story. The one that woke me up.

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12 Small Things That Will Always Inspire You to Keep Writing

4. Reading, watching, and listening to a variety of stories.

Even though this blog will continue posting as normal about the usual topics during this time, I just want you to know that no matter who you are, even if I don’t know you, you matter to me. I’m doing everything I can to amplify the voices that need to be heard right now on the appropriate platforms. Stay safe. Keep going. And take care of yourself.

And please consider being part of the solution.


1. Stories — or real-life events — that don’t end the way you wished they would have.

2. Walking into a bookstore or library — sometimes, that’s really all it takes. Maybe.

3. Let’s take that one step further. Dies anyone else ever just pick up and hold a book and think: “I want my name on one of these?”

4. Reading, watching, and listening to a variety of stories.

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11 Tiny, Simple Things You Can Do Today to Make Progress on Your Writing Goals

2. Write something that makes you genuinely happy. Remind yourself that you still love doing what you do, even when it becomes challenging.

1. Spend some time journaling. Even if it doesn’t help you sort through your thoughts, it’s a great way to force yourself to focus on a single task and just dump the entire contents of your brain into a private safe space.

2. Write something that makes you genuinely happy. Remind yourself that you still love doing what you do, even when it becomes challenging.

3. Set a timer for five minutes. Only start that timer when you actually start writing, and keep writing until those five minutes are up. If you want to keep going after that, you can. But you don’t have to.

4. Write the elevator pitch for the story you’re working on … or the story you want to start working on.

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