Ah, to be a writer! Creating your own world; sharing the joy, laughter, and/or tears of your characters; and seeing the characters who’ve become your best friends have a happy ending that you created, (unless you’re George R. R. Martin of course.)
Whether you’re writing for fun, just beginning to reach for your dream, or you’re already well-known, being a writer is awesome!
There are, however, some things that come with job that are true horrors for a writer. If you write often or are already in the professional business, you probably already know what we’re talking about.
We’ve all been there. One minute you’re thinking, “How can I write if there’s dust in my kitchen?” Thus, the writing is delayed so Mr. Clean can get some attention. “It’s the middle of the day; I have to check the mailbox. The writing can wait a few moments”, is what you’ll be saying next.And then all of a sudden, “Oh boy, I feel such a headache coming on from staring at this computer for so long. Time to take a nap!”
The hell-raising curse of procrastinating can control even the best of us! As Charles Dickens said, “My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”
By the end of the day, this will be you!
2. OTHER PEOPLE SEEING YOUR ONLINE SEARCHES AND JUDGING YOU FOR IT (ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE A HORROR/MYSTERY NOVELIST)
Google won’t judge you for searching how to destroy body parts with acid, but I think most human beings will. “We’ve spent so much time judging what other people created that we’ve created very, very little of our own.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
3. YOU’VE FINALLY FOUND AN ORIGINAL IDEA ONLY TO LEARN, IT’S BEEN DONE BEFORE!
Thought you came up with that amazing idea before it was cool? Think again! As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.”
4. NOT FINDING ANY TIME TO WRITE!
You finally have an original idea with more detailed ideas on the way, but there is just too much going on in life that you can’t even do what you love! That definitely sounds like a nightmare to me! “Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.” ― Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance
5. BEING DISTRACTED BY NEWER PROJECTS, A.K.A. SHINY NEW IDEA SYNDROME
You’re really starting to make a dent in a book you’ve been working on, but can’t ignore the call of this new “shiny idea” you just came up with! You abandon your book to work on the “shiny idea”, but more ideas keep popping into your head, repeatedly distracting you from finishing anything!
Juggling a multitude of stories may sound like a good idea, but it’s better to actually finish a story, then move on to the next! “What you stay focused on will grow.” ― Roy T. Bennett
6. WHEN YOU CAN PICTURE EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO WRITE, BUT YOU’RE AT A LOSS FOR WORDS.
You have everything down to the smallest detail, but when you finally get to writing your scene…it’s…umm…er…words are hard. Let’s just leave it at that. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings