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Culture Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .  

Katie Mach
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List Rules Anything that completes the sentence 'being an aspiring writer is..'

Becoming a writer is not easy. . . it's an emotional process. It's great having something that you know you are passionate about, but knowing you want to be a writer doesn't mean you have it easy. Yes, you are doing something creative that you enjoy, but being an aspiring writer means losing sleep, writing countless pages, and being so frustrated you want to scream. Quick tip: the screaming doesn't help much.

What's it like being an aspiring writer? It's a fulfilling but complicated life, and everyone has their own routine. Hopeful writers and novelists are going to have mixed feelings about their work, and this list describes a lot of those feelings, both positive and negative. If you want to become a writer and you can think of any advice or feelings not on the list, be sure to add it!

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Challenging is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Challenging Great writers make it look easy, but you know how much it takes.

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Personal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Personal Your life and your experiences shape the way you write.

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A Commitment is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
A Commitment No one is a successful writer overnight.

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Refusing to Give Up is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Refusing to Give Up If no magazine published your last story, send them all your newest and best work.

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Humbling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Humbling Part of being a writer is recognizing your weaknesses so you can improve.

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Cathartic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Cathartic Writing is art, and it's a great way to express the way you feel.

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A Learning Experience is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
A Learning Experience The more you write, the more you learn about what works and what doesn't.

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Frustrating is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Frustrating You wrote ten pages about the beauty of vegetables yesterday. Why did that seem like a good idea?

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Obsessive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Obsessive You couldn't stop thinking about what quality could make a great character even if you tried.

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Rewarding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Rewarding It's amazing to see all your time and effort translated on to the page.

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Fun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Fun You are doing what you love every day!

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Isolating is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Isolating Resolving not to leave your room until you finish this draft may result in starvation.

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Procrastination is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Danielle Dauenhauer added Procrastination

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An Adventure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
An Adventure Pursuing your dreams is unpredictable and exciting.

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Time Consuming is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Time Consuming Time slips away while you write, and everything else just has to wait.

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Motivating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Motivating Knowing what you want means you can work hard to achieve it.

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Not So Glamorous is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Not So Glamorous Some go to Paris to hone their craft. Some stay in pajamas all day and bounce ideas off of their cat.

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A Reason to Read Everything is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
A Reason to Read Everything Reading everyone and everything you find can only make you better.

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Writing Constantly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Writing Constantly If practice makes perfect, you should be famous by now.

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Flexible is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Flexible Hey, you can write anywhere, and a cruise might really inspire your work.

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Needing to Constantly Defend Y... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Needing to Constantly Defend Your Dreams When someone asks what you do, you are going to spend 20 minutes rationalizing your ambitions.

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Tedious is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Tedious Yesterday you sat at the computer and wrote. Same thing today.Tomorrow is a good bet, too.

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Working Multiple Jobs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Working Multiple Jobs Creative writing doesn't usually pay the bills, so something else will have to.

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Worrying About Success is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Worrying About Success Failing to achieve your dreams is a scary idea.

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To Be Poor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
To Be Poor You're working hard, but your bank account doesn't seem to be rewarding you for it.

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Comforting is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Comforting It's nice to know that you really love doing something.

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Scary is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Scary It's easy to doubt yourself and worry that things just won't work out.

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Boring is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Being an Aspiring Writer Is. . .
Boring Words, words, words.