Writing is Work


One thing that all writers need to be aware of is that writing is work. No one has ever sat down, typed up their piece, sent it off, then rode the serpent of success all the way to the bank. You get better at writing by writing, everyday. You achieve success by reading as much as you can, researching, taking on criticism – always learning and improving. Every rejection is part of the work. Every failure is part of the work. All of these things are part of the journey towards improvement and success – you can’t achieve what you want from your writing without failing every now and then. Your best work is driven by emotion, so you’re going to make mistakes as you rush to get your ideas out – and it’s often when you’re riding the edge of your comfort zone that you really hit the right notes, so you need to push yourself, you need to make mistakes and get criticised for it, you need to cop a rejection letter every now and then. It should drive you on, not knock you down.

Don’t ever be afraid to send your stuff out or refrain because of what someone else might think – everyone mis-steps, everyone makes a fool of themselves every now and then – this is part of the work also. Whenever I get rejected, my internal response is to make them regret it. I’ll succeed and show them that they were wrong. And it’s often not your writing that has been rejected anyway, it just didn’t fit what that editor wanted for that publication at that time. So take it in – no problem, wasn’t for them – show them what they missed out on by succeeding elsewhere.

The one thing you need to dedicate yourself to is becoming the best writer you can be. I’m always committed to being better, to reading more, to finding out what works and what doesn’t, and improving myself. I don’t want to be another good writer, I want to be the best writer there is. I want people to know my work, relate to it, to feel what I felt when I wrote it. To do that, I need to keep improving, keep working. The more you write, the easier the sentences flow.

Now I’m never going to be the best writer there is, but that’s not the point. If you don’t aim to be the best, what are you aiming for? If you aren’t aiming to maximise your abilities to their best potential, then what’s the plan? Just try your best and see what happens? Having a high expectation of your work is what will push you on and drive you to improve – I may not be the best, but the more I work towards that goal, the closer I can get to it, and the closer I get to it, the better I become. Maybe I’m not the best, but I’ll be better than I was yesterday, and I’ll be better again tomorrow, and the next day, and every day for as long as I can put words to paper. And that’s the goal, to always be improving. The goal needs to be unattainable, it needs to be too high to ever meet, like a rabbit skimming out ahead of the greyhounds. I aim to be the best, I intend to be the best writer you’ll ever meet. Maybe I won’t be, but I’ll keep working anyway.

Writing is work, it’s constant – like anything, it’s about practice, passion and persistence. Ultimate success won’t come easy, but it shouldn’t. Otherwise it wouldn’t be an achievement, right?



  1. femaleinferno

    I love this post! Yes! Every writer needs to schedule, make sacrifices and commit to a long term goal to produce a book. It’s a job, it’s an all cosuming passion, and despite yeilding little return, immensely satisfying

    • adhutchinson

      Thanks for checking it out, Casey, much appreciated. Yeah, it’s an aspect that I think all writers need to be clear on – it’s hard, there’s no easy way to literary success. It’s the best work, because you’re doing something you love, but none of it comes easy.

  2. Mick's Tales

    First, great article.

    Second, writing is hard. When I was a kid in elementary school, the flow of my pencil to paper did not end. Creative writing was the best part of the day. Then, I grew up, stopped writing, and the passion was lost. While I attended college, and studied business (marketing major), business writing was exciting, or so I thought. At the end of my degree, I began to hate business writing — it was dry and boring. Now that I am graduated, I want to immerse myself in writing again. Like you said Andrew, “writing is hard,” and I will find it hard. However, I don’t know what I want to write about. I don’t know that marketing interests me. At one point, I wanted to work in an area of social media (content curator?), but now I am not sure if I want to part of social media marketing. The pace and the stress does not appeal to me.

    I came across this article via Facebook. It made me laugh. Perhaps you can tell me whether writer’s and author’s median salary is + or – $50,000. I don’t think this is true.

    • adhutchinson

      Hi Mick,

      Thanks for reading – I’m a big advocate for social media, I think it’s fresh and full of opportunity for great writing – it is what you make of it, and I think you can do creative and exciting things in that area.

      In regards to author salaries – yes, it’s is either + or – $50k p.a. (it varies a lot so there’s no real way to answer that properly).

      Thanks again

      • Mick's Tales

        Hi Andrew,

        I like “I think it’s (social media) fresh and full of opportunity for great writing — it’s what you make of it.” Now, I need to embrace it and use it to write great content.


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