Writing Challenges and How to Deal With Them According to Successful Writers 

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Writing Challenges and How to Deal With Them According to Successful Writers 


Writing can be a chore when you’re just not feeling up for it. It’s a natural part of the creative process of a writer, that urge to step back and smell the flowers, let go of the pen or shut the laptop down. Writers are plagued with different challenges every day for their choice of work, much like the rest of us. Here are just of the few challenges that litter a writer’s journey.  


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Writer’s Block

Simply put, a writer’s block is a point where the writer is unable to weave intricate and beautiful words on paper as much as they want to. And it’s not just authors that experience this, but other creative individuals, such as artists, songwriters, and the like. 

According to Bamidele of Writer in Charge, who writes blogs to encourage young writers and bloggers to forge a path for themselves, the first step to buck writer’s block is to take a rest and sleep it off. It won’t get those needed words on paper, but it will help against hyper fixation and even clear your mind. 



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Pro Advice: Joanna Penn

Penn, a best-selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur, suggests setting goals for yourself in case you really want to dive into it. This might mean you have a word count goal set up or a time period that you need to fulfill. It’s not the same as Bamidele’s advice, but her advice for those of us who still have running thoughts despite our motivation to write is on low power. 



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Lack of Confidence

Creative people are all around us. And sometimes, they have better stories to tell. That’s just the way it is. This could be why some new writers feel too anxious to continue their work. It might seem easy to just repeat to yourself in the mirror that you are more than what people say you are but in reality, it isn’t always like that. So what do you do when you lack the confidence to tell your story? 



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Pro Advice: Hugh Howey

For anyone’s information, losing confidence every now and again is understandable and valid. Writing stories can be a really personal experience. Howey, the best-selling author of “Molly Fyde” and “Wool” sagas, suggests always circling back to why you started writing in the first place. As he tells Smart Blogger, a website offering advice to new bloggers, he reminds himself that he was “just writing the stories I wanted to write.” 



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Again, there are just stories that will always be more relatable than yours. While this sounds depressing, it’s important that though our experiences are, by some extent, different, there will always be an audience out there who understands the story you want to tell. This is because the wealth of writers and creative works available means there’s always something for anyone. Therefore, you will always have an audience, no matter how few or hard-earned. 



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Pro Advice: Mary Jaksch

When asked about how she deals with competition in the world of online writing, Jaksch, author of “Write to Done” shares how hard it had been for her to understand that writing a book and a blogpost were two different things. No one was reading her writing online because she had yet to crack the code of relatability that rules many denizens of the internet. 

“Really, the style of writing I had developed when writing my book didn’t work at all online. I used long, complex paragraphs and had a preachy undertone that put off potential subscribers,” Jaksch recounts.



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Lifestyle Changes

Writing can also throw your life wildly off-course. This may not be the same for every writer (some use writing as an indication that they have their lives under control), but for some of us who find both solace and chaos in the act of thinking about our writing, it can be very easy to derail ourselves.  



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Pro Advice: Tom Evans

For writer and author/mentor Tom Evans, his method is similar to that of Joanna Penn, as he shares to Smart Blogger: “To date, approach to marketing a book has been to write another one and another one, in the vain hope that the latest book will somehow magically up sell the ones before. With my latest two books, I have taken a new approach.”



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Ah, yes. Mix all of these insecurities in a bowl and an emotional breakdown is what you’re going to get. How do we go about everything when we feel like we’ve messed everything up to the point where we can’t fix it? 



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Pro Advice: Bamidele Onibalusi

Successful writer for Business Insider, ReadWriteWeb, Problogger, and DailyBlogTips.com Bamidele shares his thoughts for the writer suffering from emotional distress: “…realize that it is just what it is, a feeling and not reality.” He also advises reading personal development books and blogs as a palate cleanser and detaching oneself from harsh criticisms by understanding that it will happen. A good support system is also a big plus. 



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