Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 1 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 1 of 8

Writing Crisis

A writer who isn’t writing is one writer too many.

The lack of function disrupts our balance, throws off our rhythm. It makes a writer awkward and insecure, like most people in high school.

Take me, for example.

My worst break up—in a history of bad ones—wasn’t with a boy, it was with my best friend.

We fought in the school hallways. We ignored each other in class. We didn’t pass notes or whisper secrets behind the teacher’s back.

No phone calls. No shopping malls. No giggling about guys.

I felt like a part of me was missing. And I cried and cried and cried.

Writing can be like that too. When the creative juices aren’t flowing, a small part of you is dying; a fish without water, fighting for air.

This isn’t writer’s block we’re talking about: Reasons.

The reasons writers give the world—and even more significant—the reasons writers give themselves as to why they aren’t writing.


Top 8 Reasons Writers Aren’t Writing
  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.

How do you move past the reasons and start creating again? Try these eight writing resolutions.

Note: Each section includes reference articles, focus questions, and writing exercises. Show yourself some writer love: Take time to consider your responses and write down the answers—the honest, no-joke answers.

Remember this, dear writer, is all about you.

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Reason 1

For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.


There are days when #writing feels more like a burden or an addiction than a talent or a skill.Aaron Smith @AaronSmith377
Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.Lawrence Kasdan

Remember your first kiss: The awkward fumblings, the tingle of excitement, and the flush of infatuation?

After years in any relationship—writing included—the initial glow is often blurred by the everyday, real life replacing romance.

Go back to the beginning. Reread or rewrite your first short story or your first blog post.

Put aside deadlines and should-dos for thirty minutes or three days.

Take time to bring the joy of writing back into your life.


If you want to fall back in love with your work (and if you really truly still love it), the first step is to stop being such an asshole. Extricate all the shoulds. Kill your expectations. Have a funeral for your quotas. And breathe.Jonathan Mead
If you can remember why you started, then you will know why you must continue.Chris Burkmenn

Reason 1 Focus Question
Write down your answer.
Why did you start writing in the first place?


Writing Exercise 1
  • Write three reasons you love to write.
  • Write three things you’ve written and are proud to call yours.
  • Write three ways writing has enhanced your life.
  • Write three personal writing projects you are excited about starting.
  • Write three goals for your writing.

Review your answers and write.


Learn more about your purpose
Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 2 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 2 of 8

Daily Writing Prompt 261

Daily Writing Prompt 261