When Writing Is Hard

How to Overcome Unique Challenges as a Highly Sensitive Writer

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 20, 2017 1 Comment • views: 198
How to Overcome Unique Challenges as a Highly Sensitive Writer

Are you “highly sensitive?” Do you know what “highly sensitive” is? I didn’t until I read The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron. Wow. What an eye-opener. If you’ve ever been told that you’re “too sensitive” and you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do. If you’ve read it and you know […]

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How to Get Out of the “I Don’t Want to Write” Funk

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 31, 2017 10 Comments • views: 1033
How to Get Out of the “I Don’t Want to Write” Funk

Everything’s been going along great. You’ve been writing, producing more and more work, and perhaps even publishing and selling. You’ve received good comments from readers, maybe good reviews, maybe even some recognition in contests. In other words, things have been fine, but all of a sudden, in the words of the great Righteous Brothers song, […]

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When Writers Should Ignore “Be Positive” Advice

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 23, 2017 12 Comments • views: 1312
When Writers Should Ignore “Be Positive” Advice

A friend of mind got a rejection the other day. She’d worked really hard on the story, putting it through numerous edits. The journal was one she’d read and admired for years. It was a big blow. I tried to console her, but she wouldn’t really allow it. “Nah, I’m fine,” she said overly cheerfully. […]

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What Rejection Does to a Writer—and How to Recover

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 16, 2017 15 Comments • views: 1867
What Rejection Does to a Writer—and How to Recover

Grow a thick skin, they say. If you’re going to be a writer, you gotta toughen up. People are going to criticize your work. Agents and editors are going to reject you. Readers will impale you with bad reviews. Publishers will turn their backs if your sales are lackluster. Rejection awaits at every turn, so […]

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12 Experienced Writers on How to Overcome Self-Doubt

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on December 19, 2016 0 Comments • views: 1066
12 Experienced Writers on How to Overcome Self-Doubt

After interviewing over 100 writers on this site over the last couple of years, I’ve learned one thing: We all struggle with self-doubt. This one emotion can destroy a writing career. It makes us question ourselves. It stifles creativity. It makes us hesitate rather than take action toward our goals. We may all experience self-doubt, […]

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10 Experienced Writers on the Power of Gratitude

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on November 21, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1611
10 Experienced Writers on the Power of Gratitude

If there’s one thing that can counteract the emotional ups and downs of the writing life, it’s gratitude. I shared the many benefits of being grateful in another post, “How a Writer Can Save her Sanity Even in the Worst of Times.” As a quick recap, practicing regular gratitude has shown in studies to help […]

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Why Writers Feel Depressed and How to Deal

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on November 8, 2016 1 Comment • views: 2200
Why Writers Feel Depressed and How to Deal

by Patty Somlo From my experience, depression results from denying feelings, such as sadness and anger. Writers have to walk a tightrope between hope and acceptance, success and rejection. Every writer, no matter how well-published, good or experienced, will have work rejected or reviewed negatively. I follow one of my former creative writing teachers on […]

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Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on October 24, 2016 8 Comments • views: 1332
Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

When I was a kid, I used to wake up, terrified, on the floor in my room. After I realized where I was, I would experience a flood of relief, followed by an intense fear of going back to sleep. I could remember my nightmares vividly, vicious, violent experiences where I was chased by strange […]

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How to Conquer the 10 Deadly Writing Demons

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 17, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1208
How to Conquer the 10 Deadly Writing Demons

The great John Wayne is quoted as saying, “Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.” Writers know this feeling well. We face our own fears nearly every day in the writing life. 10 Frightening Demons Writers Have to Face In honor of the Halloween season, I thought it might be fun to give […]

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The One Thing You Must Have to Make Any Dream Come True

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 12, 2016 2 Comments • views: 702
The One Thing You Must Have to Make Any Dream Come True

by Katie Harrison, a.k.a. The Girl with the Tree Tattoo I’m at a loss. I’ve started this article at least five times and five times inspiration has left me halfway through. I’m starting to seriously doubt my abilities as a writer. So, in other words, it’s a normal day. Actually, it doesn’t usually happen this […]

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Why It’s So Hard for Writers to Relax

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 3, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1138
Why It’s So Hard for Writers to Relax

“You need to relax,” my friends tell me.  “You work too hard.” I know it’s true. My body gives me clues. Back pain. Eye twitching. Headaches. Stomach upset. Fatigue. It’s obvious when I need to take a step back and just relax. I schedule the time, and if it’s only an hour or two, I […]

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5 Signs You Need to Shake Up Your Writing Routine

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on September 26, 2016 0 Comments • views: 2167
5 Signs You Need to Shake Up Your Writing Routine

A good writing routine can save a writer. No matter what else is going on in your life, if you have a set time to write and you’re used to writing at that time, the sheer force of habit will increase the odds that you’ll actually get your writing done. Sometimes, though, routines wear out […]

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