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What Stresses You in Your Writing Life?


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Life is stressful – managing things at work, paying the bills, looking after the house, fixing the car, communicating with the family.

But the writing life comes with its own unique stresses.

  • The potential embarrassment of identifying yourself as a writer.
  • The fear of the fickle muse.
  • The panic of actual writing.
  • The anxiety of what to do after you’ve written.
  • The pain of sending your work out into the world.

Sounds overwhelming, doesn’t it?

The good news is: these stresses can be managed!

I’m currently working on an e-book taking each of these above stresses and breaking them down into manageable parts. The process is doing wonders for my stress and I can’t wait to share the information with you.

But to make sure I’m creating a book that will be useful to you, I need your help.

Please take a minute to tell me what stresses you face in your writing life. What are you finding overwhelming, frustrating, intimidating or just downright annoying?

The better I understand what you’re facing, the more detailed and helpful I can make my book.

Feel free to either share your thoughts in the comments, or e-mail me privately at


Author: Jessica

I'm a writer who refuses to pin myself down to one genre, hopping from science-fiction and fantasy through to literary and even the odd western now and then. Check out what I've written at or follow me on Twitter @jessbaverstock.

2 thoughts on “What Stresses You in Your Writing Life?

  1. One of my own is actually the opposite, fear of to much success that I’ll never get any real privacy.

    That’s one of the reasons for a long time, I primarily wrote short fiction. That I had not figured out the formula for longer fiction (In my case, thinking of each episode of having its own seven point structure, and then each book has 7 episodes for maybe a short book.)

    • That’s a common fear, Sarah. Many people shy away from success because it’s an unknown – they’re not sure what it will involve or how it will change their life.

      Thanks for your comment. We’ll cover it in De-Stress Your Writing Life. 😉

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