What Are Your Writing Excuses?

Posted March 20, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing / 4 Comments


Let me quote the almighty Chuck Wendig on whether you’re doing writing wrong:

If you talk, tweet, think or write about writing more than you actually write: doin’ it wrong.

What are YOUR excuses for not writing?

The ones I hear the most go like this: I would, but…

…I don’t write very well

…I don’t know how to write a book

…I don’t have time

…I don’t know if I have anything worthwhile to say

…I don’t know if anyone would read it

…I’m not ready

And it’s all a load of BS

We tell ourselves these excuses because we’re afraid. Because we let our insecurities win. Because we don’t want to fail.

But you need to practice to improve. No one pops into this world as an excellent writer. You have to keep writing to hone your skills. You have to devote time to writing, no matter how “busy” you are. You have to stop thinking about writing and stop talking about writing. You have to actually write.

You have to WRITE

It’s easy to continue believing our excuses when we’re on our own. We don’t even see them as excuses—we see them as legitimate reasons we can’t write. But if you really want to write, the only person stopping you is YOU.

If writing is something you truly want to do, take a moment to address your excuses. These are your stumbling blocks, the reasons you’ll stop yourself from writing. Then come up with ways to beat those excuses.

And if you need help, I’ll call you out on your excuses. If you want to write, let’s write. It’s time to follow your dream and leave the excuses behind. That’s precisely why I created The Writing Sidekick. You’re more likely to write if you have the support and accountability of other writers.

Are you ready to write?

Thanks to Nicole from Life Less Bullshit for posting about the importance of changing up your routine and inspiring me to talk about writing excuses.

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4 responses to “What Are Your Writing Excuses?

  1. I am in distress Amanda . My husband does not want me to spend another day writing because he feels that we are in debt right now. We have no cable now, and the sad part is that I have written for a year. I want to write. I have continue to write but without money how can I sustain my work without any problem. I need an editor to help me with my work but I cannot afford it. How can I get help now. Please let me know how i can work with you for the editing part.

    • The sad truth is that sometimes we must make sacrifices in the present to make way for what we want in the future. You don’t need to write full time to be a writer. Find something that will help you make money, get out of debt, and hire an editor. You can write in your free time until then.

  2. Sam Tule

    All of the above? (Mostly the last one) I figure I could write a book…eventually. It’s just when I think too much about the time/effort it leads to worrying that the results might be lame (or worse…just plain bad).

    I am really looking forward to The Writing Sidekick. I think it’s a great idea for giving the whole writing thing a serious try without setting any strict standards that make it (when it’s already a pretty imposing idea) more intimidating.

    • I don’t think we’re ever ready for anything in life. We just gotta jump forward.

      It’s kind of amazing to see what you can accomplish when you have good people supporting you. I didn’t think I could ever do it either, but I just sent my first novel off to beta readers this week. And while I’m terrified (because what if it sucks?), it’s pretty cool, too.

      Glad you’re in the group. 😀

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