There are many many books and articles that highlight the positivity of writing and becoming a writer. This is not one of those articles.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but being a writer isn’t all rainbows, sunshine, and unicorn farts. If you’re sensitive to failure, I would suggest choosing a different career path. Writing is not for the weak.
Not everyone can cut it as a writer
Despite what people say, no, not everyone can be a writer.
Writing requires at least some amount of imagination, creativity, and knowledge about the craft.
Just like I will never have what it takes to be a mathematician or a surgeon, some people will never be writers. And you know what? That’s okay. Everyone has their own strengths. Find yours.
Writing tips: What works for someone else might not work for you
Reading hundreds of writing advice articles and books can only get you so far.
If something’s not working, don’t push harder to make it work. Even if it sounds like a good idea. Even if the advice comes from the mouth of a ridiculously talented and successful author. Sometimes a writer has to find their way forward on their own.
Find what works for you through trial and error. Stick with it. Don’t let others influence how you write.
Writing is not easy
Writing takes a lot of work, time, and diligence. Putting random shit on a blank page does not a writing career make. Yes, you will write shit before you get better, but the takeaway here is that jumping into a writing career and expecting instant positive results is insanity.
If you aren’t willing to put effort into your writing, don’t bother writing. No one wants to read your half-assed attempts. Being a lazy writer will get you nowhere fast.
You actually have to write
This is the big one. How many people out there call themselves writers and then don’t write anything for weeks or even months or years? My guess is quite a few people. Myself included.
Writer’s block is a thing, but it’s not the main reason writers stop writing. Burnout, inspiration loss, frustration, and repeated rejections or failures are the reasons a writer stop writing.
Famous and rich authors can get away with not writing for a few years. The majority of us losers, however, have to work at it which means writing as consistently as possible.
Writing every day isn’t necessary. In fact, you’ll suffer from burnout fast if you try to finish something every day. Instead, try to write something every few days at least. It’s like with any skill. The more you do it, the better you’ll be, but if you stop for a long time, you’ll end up out of practice and unsatisfied with everything you write. Trust me.
I went through a ten year writing drought and it was so hard trying to get back to the level I had been at when I stopped. It took a solid two years of writing consistently before I was comfortable with my work again. I’ve learned from that mistake.
The point of all this is not to discourage you, but to be real with you and drive home the fact that writing is not a throwaway career or hobby.
Most writers write because they love it. They enjoy all that comes with it, including the ups and downs. If you’re in it to make a quick buck, you’ve chosen the wrong profession. Put in the work, practice, and patience it takes to be a good writer and then try again.