3 Important Things All Writers Need to Learn In Their First Year

Meg Dowell Writes

Being a new aspiring writer is terrifying.

It’s also extremely difficult.

Many writers don’t make it past their first year — not because there isn’t plenty of advice out there on how to succeed, but because they lack patience, discipline, and self-worth — things you don’t always realize are important as a writer until they’re the weights dragging you down.

These are some of the most important things new writers should learn in their first year. Not how to get more traffic or followers or money, but how to survive the most common hangups that prompt new writers to quit too soon.

Never expect instant gratification after doing anything

One of the reasons many writers quit not long after they start is their unrealistic need for instant gratification. They start a blog on June 1 and quit on June 30 because they don’t have millions of clicks or thousands of…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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