12 Difficult Things You Need To Accept About Being A Writer #AmWriting #Writer

 

Here are some difficult things about being a writer, which are hard to accept and may cause you to take a few solitary walks in the rain:

  1. Being a writer can involve years of thankless work. No one is going to thank you for putting in the extra hours to write or edit.
  2. Good writing doesn’t just appear on the page one day. You have to keep revising, refining and massaging your manuscript.
  3. Some of your work might never see the light of day.
  4. You will struggle to enjoy reading a book as your writer brain will be busy dissecting every scene, character, opening chapter and ending.
  5. You will get to meet some great people and some you might even fall in love with. The problem with this is they only exist inside your head.
  6. You will be forced to shelve manuscripts that you will have spent months working on.
  7. Rejections and criticism will make you cry, even though you will tell the outside that you have a thick skin.
  8. Literary success might take years (if it ever happens!)
  9. Loved ones, family members or good friends might not like what you write.
  10. You will become obsessed over tiny things like sentences and word sequences.
  11. You will constantly compare your writing to the work of other writers and successful authors.
  12. Being a writer is NOTHING like the IΒ wannabe a writer daydream!

 

After all this, there is only one thing I want to say.

I don’t know about you but….

i-love-being-a-writer

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60 thoughts on “12 Difficult Things You Need To Accept About Being A Writer #AmWriting #Writer

  1. I still love reading. Sure, if I’m reading a popular book that has less than stellar writing, I will spend way too much time obsessing why in the world this book is popular, but I still enjoy a well written story. Probably too much. It’s not a problem if you admit to it, right? Right!?!

  2. Haha, yes to #5 “You will get to meet some great people and some you might even fall in love with. The problem with this is they only exist inside your head.” Goshdarn those loveable characters

  3. Perfect!! As George Orwell said, “β€œWriting a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”

  4. #5 was my personal favourite, but the rest are all equally true. My family doesn’t understand why I write because they don’t like what I write. Sigh. Good to know I’m not the only one facing these. Great post!

  5. I would add a #13, a #14 and a #15.
    13.I write because I can’t help myself. It’s something I have to do.
    14.Because I am a creative person, my life has been enriched in ways that I can never know (and I am not talking money). Because I am a writer, I have a reason to get up in the morning on the lousiest of days. That story has to be written.
    15.Creative people never retire. If you don’t believe me, think Grandma Moses, Picasso, Leonard Cohen, Matisse, the pianist Vladimir Horowiz, and William Trevor. We cannot not be creative.

    So welcome to my world. We’re glad you joined the dance.

  6. I’m new to the writing scene. I’ve taken it up as a way to reabilitation form a chronic illness and so far in a whole year have only experienced the joy from the craft. However, I’m about to join the hundreds of thousands of self published authors out there, and I’m certain I’ll experience at least one of the difficulties upon your list.
    Thank you for the heads-up.

  7. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    For those who want to write seriously, check this out…no, its not easy being a writer!!! But the end result, when you’ve actually a finished a piece of work you love and are ready and willing to share with a critical world, can be exhilarating. Thanks Lucy, for another great post!

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