Why You Can’t Get Back to Writing Again Once You Stop

Meg Dowell Writes

Something weird about being a writer is that no matter your degree of success, you basically find yourself facing the same personal and professional challenges as everyone else who’s doing the writing things.

Like, you might think people like J.K. Rowling or Stephen King never have days when they don’t feel like doing their jobs. But despite what they may have claimed in the past, in reality, they’re just like you and me. They struggle. They have bad days. They drop their work and have a hard time picking it back up again.

They might be more skilled in the art of “sucking it up” than most of us. But that doesn’t mean they write without roadblocks. None of us would be writers if we didn’t face roadblocks. They’re what teach us to be persistent and push harder to achieve our goals.

One of the hardest things for many aspiring…

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