Being a writer can be difficult – especially when you’re just getting started. People might think writing is just a fun, creative hobby, but it can actually be quite stressful when you’re trying to make it your profession. Here’s a list of common struggles every writer faces from time to time:
No one reads your work: Every writer knows the euphoric feeling of hitting publish. You’re nervous, excited, proud, basically all the feels. And then…crickets. Nothing. Radio silence. Your piece has been sucked into the blackhole of the internet and nothing and no one can bring it back to life. It’s infuriating, defeating, and unfortunately quite common in today’s day and age.
Your piece goes viral: The only thing worse than having no one read your writing is having everyone read your writing. It makes you want to crawl under the covers and cry because OMG SO MANY PEOPLE ARE READING IT AND THERE IS DEFINITELY A TYPO SOMEWHERE.
Someone thinks you’re writing about them: It’s actually funny how frequently this happens, especially because it’s almost never true. You’re so vain, you probably think this essay’s about youuuuuuuuuuuu.
You actually do write about someone: And you subsequently panic for hours. Will they get mad? Will they even notice? Will other people notice? The anxiety is real.
You live in a cold pit of rejection: It sucks being told you’re not good enough, and when you’re a writer, it happens basically every day! Things that help: Netflix binges, chocolate chip cookie dough, and snuggling with your dog.
Navigating icky self-promotion: Hey! Read my work! Please. I mean, if you want to. Totally cool if not though – just thought I’d offer.
Having no money ever: Ah, the never-ending struggle between doing what you love and finding a way to pay the bills. When you’re just getting started, everyone will expect you to write for free. Which is okay for a little bit, but you’ve got to find a way to eat eventually.
Experiencing vulnerability hangovers: The best writing tends to be the most vulnerable, and this can be an excruciatingly uncomfortable experience. Having your deepest thoughts and feelings available on the internet for everyone to see and comment on? It’s not for the faint of heart.
Struggling with writer’s block: Yep, it’s a real thing. And it sucks, especially when you have a deadline due and you just can’t seem to get it together. Writing is both an art and a discipline, and when the art part isn’t working, it can be a torturous process.
Doubting your talent: Trying to make it as a writer means you’re guaranteed to wonder if you’re good enough to actually succeed in this profession or if this is just a pipe dream. It’s hard to sell yourself when you’re constantly doubting your own abilities. Fighting your own insecurities is a battle in and of itself.
But remember, even though writing can be challenging, it’s definitely worth it if it’s something you truly love doing. And pursuing your dreams is pretty cool, even if it’s stressful from time to time. Keep your chin up, fellow writers. You’ve got this!
Jillian is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click here.
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