50 Reasons Why a Writer Might Cry #writer #writers 


Writers cry a lot.

Writing is an emotionally charged hobby.

If you’re not weeping about what you think of your own writing, you’re crying over what others think about your writing.

If you are not weeping about Writer’s Block you are a sobbing mess over writing too much.

We are keeping tissue companies in business!

Here at BlondeWriteMore we thought we would list out 50 reasons why a writer might cry!

  1. Someone has just given them some glowing feedback.
  2. Someone has just given them some harsh feedback.
  3. The writer hates their writing today.
  4. The writer loves their writing today.
  5. Their amazing new story contains a crater sized plot hole.
  6. Their favourite character has just died and they are entering the stages of fictional grief.
  7. They have just received a literary rejection or two.
  8. They have just compared their stinky first draft to a best-selling author’s novel.
  9. They have been struggling to write the first sentence of their new book for hours.
  10. They killed off a much-loved character and have been inundated with reader complaints.
  11. They haven’t written anything for days.
  12. They are writing too much and not seeing enough of their loved one.
  13. They have just written a romantic scene where their two main characters finally come together, after overcoming many obstacles. The tender moment has brought on the tears!
  14. The story in their head is different to the one in their 73k word draft. If they are honest with themselves they prefer the one in their head. This has made them weep!
  15. They are feeling a bit emotional for no real reason and have decided to cry it out.
  16. They didn’t backup their story and due to a laptop malfunction all their work has been lost.
  17. Their book sales are down.
  18. Their book sales are up and the thought of their work being hailed as a ‘literary success’ has brought on tears of joy!
  19. Every time they check their final draft they spot a typo.
  20. A loved one is more interested in watching sport on TV than listening to how their writing day has gone.
  21. The coffee machine is on the blink.
  22. No more chocolate left in the house.
  23. The writer’s family are more concerned with wearing clean clothes, living in a tidy home and having food to eat…than what happens in chapter four of the writer’s latest draft.
  24. There are no more motivational writing quotes left to pin on Pinterest.
  25. Their blog / Twitter / Pinterest / Facebook follower numbers are dropping.
  26. They have cracked under pressure after someone said to them “you have a potential best seller with that idea!” – never say this to a writer!
  27. They are feeling lonely.
  28. They have just performed an amazing literary feat of bringing a much-loved character back to life (to please unhappy readers) and no one has thanked them!
  29. Their writing sounds like a child has written it.
  30. They have just realised that writing a story from their chosen historical period is going to require more research than half hour on Google.
  31. They have received a bad review.
  32. They wrongly assumed their readers were eagerly awaiting the sequel to the book they wrote four years ago.
  33. They quit writing three minutes ago.
  34. They are on the verge of quitting writing.
  35. Their book cover looks terrible.
  36. They can’t find a genre for their 65k word draft.
  37. Their characters won’t talk to them and Writer’s Block has set in.
  38. No one understands their latest idea for a book, even after they drew some pictures and diagrams.
  39. A writer friend has an amazing publishing deal and she only started writing six months ago.
  40. Their unique and mind-blowing new book concept has been used by three other authors and turned into a film.
  41. They got up at 4.30am to write and are now weeping from exhaustion.
  42. They have fallen in love with one of their fictional characters and have realised that their one-sided love affair is not going to go anywhere.
  43. Editing has resulted in 5466 words being hacked away. Before they started they believed they would only lose 500 words max!
  44. They chose the wrong beta readers. They wanted beta readers who could see the bigger picture with their story, share their best seller vision and be ultra positive.
  45. Every time they sit down to write a loved one or loved ones have a small non- emergency drama and are incapable of dealing with it themselves.
  46. A bad writing day has meant that the writer has been looking forward to ‘wine o’clock’ – they have just gone to pour themselves a glass and the wine rack is empty.
  47. They have just realised they have strayed from their plot and this has amounted to 2223 unnecessary words.
  48. Twitter is down.
  49. They have just emailed off a sample of their work to someone important (literary agent, publisher) and after going in for a quick re-read they have noticed two typos.
  50. An amazing new idea for a story sparked a nasty bout of Writer’s Bladder…they sadly didn’t make it…sigh!

Have an amazing day!

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

38 thoughts on “50 Reasons Why a Writer Might Cry #writer #writers 

      1. Here, let me wipe your tears…. 📚
        Ok I looked, but there is no emoji for a box of tissues or a ha ki, so here’s a pile of books!!! Which I hope you will write!!!!

  1. True story…a man (a woman would have more sense!) had his laptop stolen…60,000 words gone…no backup…no copy…not written another word since. Even I held back a tear as I muttered ‘what…how could you be so stupid!’
    As for writing like a child…I wish…my 10 yr old granddaughter writes sooo much butter than meee. She brings tears to my eyes too…of joy for her innocence and vision.

  2. Another one: Tears of joy when you publish your first book. I did it yesterday (Cat and Dog by Pauline Cahill). Get it free from 12th to the 18th May on Kindle.

  3. Not just me then (although delete ‘cry’ and replace with ‘Rant of Jacobean proportions’)

  4. So true. I may have cried for most, if not all these reasons. Do you mind if I feature this post on my Friday Five. It’s a blog post where I list my five favourite posts of the week. Let me know and have a wonderful day 🙂

  5. Remember Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone? She types “The End” and weeps over her happily ever after. Yep, I cry if there is a happy, sappy ending to one of my books. It’s very satisfying. 🙂 Great list!

  6. 51. They are woefully behind their self-imposed schedule and have made the mistake of calculating the effort it will take to get back on track.

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  8. Definitely been close to tears over some of these. One that gets me: Characters just won’t do as they’re told and go where they’re told. They insist they’ve got better ideas! ;/

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