The Main Challenges You’ll Face As A Writer

By on April 16, 2021

We all know that writing isn’t exactly an easy job. The road is rough and there are many obstacles and problems you must face and overcome along the way. Being prepared for them can be critical. So just what are the main challenges that you'll face as a writer, and how do you tackle them and ensure they don’t get in the way of your success?

Let’s explore…

Editing while you write

Editing while you write can be a real creativity killer. While each writer needs to find what works best for them, editing and writing at the same time tend to slow progress and get you bogged down in the nitty-gritty before you’ve even got your story roughly organized.

Becoming overwhelmed by research

Researching your story thoroughly is a great thing, but you do run the risk of becoming so bogged down in your research that the smallest details of your story become huge side projects - and this could massively lengthen the amount of time it will take you to write your book.

Distractions and interruptions

Every writer will face multiple distractions and interruptions during the course of their career. Do you have the wherewithal to ignore them?

Falling in love with your work

It’s great to have confidence in your own writing, but if you get too close to your own work, you might not be able to edit it effectively. Learning when something doesn’t work, even if you love it, is a hugely important part of learning to write well.

 Having an amazing idea…and then forgetting it

We’ve all been there and it’s SO frustrating. Try to remember to keep a trusted notebook with you t all times!

 No one taking you seriously

Trying to make it as a writer can be tough and there is nothing quite as disheartening as lack of support from those you love most. People mocking you or not taking you seriously in a whole range of situations can have you gritting your teeth, but try to ignore the naysayers and remember that you are following your dreams. 

Finding time to write

Of course, the big one that the majority of writers really struggle with is fitting writing around all their other commitments. This can be tough, but it’s imperative that you create a solid writing schedule to ensure you stick to your writing goals.

Dealing with rejection and negativity

Al writers will get rejected and receive negative feedback at some point during their careers - it’s up to you how you deal with it, and this can make or break you as a writer. 

Making enough money

Writing doesn’t pay enormously well in some instances. In others, it can be a lucrative career. Many writers do struggle to make ends meet if focusing on writing creatively is their sole goal.

Having to be so much more than just a writer

These days writers must wear so many hats, and for those who just want to write, this can be a struggle. 

Plagiarism

Not plagiarising other's work and finding your unique voice and story is tricky. Similarly stopping others from copying your work is a massive challenge too. 

Writer’s block

When writer’s block strikes, many writers feel like giving up. Perseverance is key!

This list of the main author challenges may seem overwhelming, but there are solutions to all of them. A lot of problems authors face can simply be dealt with by focusing, staying motivated, and having quiet confidence in your work. What other challenges have you faced while trying to write? Share them with us here!

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