Why You Shouldn’t Feel Pressure as a Beginning Writer

If you are a beginning writer, welcome to the writing club! You are awesome! Keep at it! Don’t give up.

Yeah, so this is kind of a post for beginning writers, but even if you have been writing for like 3+ years, that’s okay. You can keep reading. Who knows, you may still pick up some tips!

1: You’ve Just Started Your Journey

Don’t feel pressured to be at a level higher than you are at for the moment. You don’t need to feel like you need to already have an email list with 100 subscribers, or a blog with 50 posts on it, or have two first drafts of novels. Just experiment. Have fun. Plot, plan, think about what you want to do in the future, but don’t get anxious. Write some short stories and poems.

When you feel like you are ready for a novel, go for it, but only when you feel ready. Don’t feel like you have to just because all your writer friends have finished their first drafts of novels. This is your writing journey, your path, so do it when you want to.

2: Your Writing isn’t Going to be the Best

This is something I probably should have expected when I started writing. When I wrote my first short story, I thought it was perfect, but it obviously wasn’t. I didn’t know all the ropes. I didn’t have all of the experience and the guidance I do now and I am still learning! I’m not writing this post looking down on everyone reading this. I’m still learning too. Sure, I may not say I am a beginning writer, but that doesn’t matter. You are constantly learning through your writing process. Even published authors get better. They still have things to master.

So my point is, don’t feel like your words have to be perfect now, and don’t get discouraged if they don’t turn out quite like you wanted them to. Because you’re going to have to face it: Your writing is never going to be perfect.

3: You Have to Enjoy the Ride!

Even if you plan on publishing your stories some day, don’t make that your primary goal. You could be a couple years away from that, or you could be ten years away from it, but again, it doesn’t matter. You need to enjoy the whole journey. You can’t just go and feel like you’ll never be happy until you are holding your published trilogy in your hands. It doesn’t work that way. Frankly, if you don’t enjoy the journey until you get published, it’s not worth it. So relax. You’ve got years ahead of you, and years of fun! Don’t get stressed.

Are you a beginning writer? Have you felt pressure? Where are you at? Please chat! I’d love to talk in the comments below!

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6 thoughts on “Why You Shouldn’t Feel Pressure as a Beginning Writer

  1. I love how simple and down to earth your posts are. I’m certainly not a beginner anymore. I’ve been writing for 12+ years. And these are still great reminders! The funny thing is, the “better” I get, the more I realize I still have yet to learn! And happiness isn’t something we achieve “when” xyz happens; happiness is a choice and an attitude we have *now.* Such an encouraging post, Caleb!

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  2. I love this: “You can’t just go and feel like you’ll never be happy until you are holding your published trilogy in your hands. It doesn’t work that way. Frankly, if you don’t enjoy the journey until you get published, it’s not worth it.”

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