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10 Challenges Faced by Writers and How to Overcome Them

Like any other profession, being a writer is not an easy task, and it takes a long time before you can get your book published. But this should not be a reason to give up. It just takes a lot of hard work and patience.

If you are interested in being a writer or have some story ideas, you should be ready to face difficulties while writing. This happens to all writers so we should remember that we aren’t alone.

Consider writing like studying a subject and publishing your book like an exam. What does a serious student do to pass a test?

Here, we list the 10 writing challenges and their solutions.

1. Planning: No matter how much we plan, it’s an unwritten rule that we won’t be able to do it all. Still, it’s good to have a plan. One has many other responsibilities like taking care of a spouse, children or parents. One may even have a day job or school. How do you make time for writing?

Create a calendar with activities perform each day. At this stage, exclude writing. After you have finished calendaring all of your day-to-day activities, you will see how much free time you have and you can add writing to your calendar.

Try to follow the plan as much as you can. You will see that after some time, you will get used to it and things will become easier.

2. Distractions: There are many kinds of distractions but they can be divided into two: online and offline distractions. Everyone faces this problem; even I find it difficult to get myself to write.

Once you are online, you can be tempted to check your email or go on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or even play a game. These are called online distractions. You have to be determined and steel yourself from these temptations. You can keep your phone away or put it on silent. You can also use distraction-blocking apps such as Freedom (available for Android and Apple products). This app temporarily blocks other apps and websites so that you can be more focused and productive.

On the other hand, offline distractions are easier to handle. You can tell your spouse or parents about your writing schedule. But it’s harder to explain to children, especially if they are still young. In that case, you can give your children something to do, or you can write when they are sleeping. All this gives you more time to focus on your writing.

3. Editing while writing: Editing should only be done after you have finished writing a book. If you want to go back to edit the previous day’s writing, you won’t be able to move forward.

Nothing is perfect and you may want to add or remove some things in the story. But that can be done later. What’s more important is for you to get your ideas down. It is better to allow the flow of the story from beginning to end, and then start editing.

4. Setting a goal: It is difficult to plan for how much you intend to write in a day. Some days you may write more, some days less and some days nothing at all. Still, it is better to give yourself a set number of words to write in a day. For instance, you can plan to write 500 or 1,000 words in a day. Sometimes you may not be able to reach this goal due to unforeseen circumstances, and when this happens, you can make up for it later.