The 5 Stages of Grief for the Struggling Writer

This guy. I’ve been following him for a few months now and I’m not even sure what his name is. He’s dark yet funny, mysterious, complicated, strange, quite brilliant and always entertaining. And he’s got me hooked. I decided to share this piece because it spoke to me; hell, I could have written it! I think it will speak to anyone who blogs and/or writes and wonders why they bother to do it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (In case you’re wondering about those rather large apostrophes, it seems the WordPress theme I have won’t allow me to get rid of them so I apologize for their presence. Please try to ignore them and just read the post!)

Intellectual Shaman



“I have talent, but nobody recognizes it but me.” –said by an Anonymous failure.

I was here, at one point, years ago, although, I don’t know if I thought I had talent, or not. I was watching movies about genius writers and submitting mediocre English papers to my high school teachers. They would give me advice on how to improve, and I would promptly ignore it. Afterall, they just couldn’t understand my genius. Needless to say, I did poorly in my English classes. I watched Finding Forester, and believed myself to be like Jamal Wallace—hated for my abilities.



Anger occurred after college, when I decided to write a fantasy novel of over 200,000 words. I couldn’t understand why Stephen King was getting published, and I wasn’t. I wasn’t even getting rejection letters in the mail. Any response that I got, was an automated email. I…

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17 thoughts on “The 5 Stages of Grief for the Struggling Writer

  1. Writing is for the writer’s pleasure, period. However they might define “pleasure”. They might derive pleasure in a pot of gold, or just in a job well done.
    The only thing financial success does is to ease the time pressures which we all, as amateurs, feel. I really need to pick the children up from school, but I really want to write one more paragraph. Financial security allows people to write full-time, s’all. But if writing is not pleasurable, being a full-time writer sounds like just as much of a noose.

    Some of the “how to be a writer” manuals he mentions might be worth a look but I’m sure the main rule must be “there are no rules”.

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    1. The stories I write are for my pleasure and hopefully my reader’s pleasure as well. As much as I love writing, the thought of devoting myself to any one thing is depressing. That may be one of the biggest reasons I never looked into having anything published – what if “they” like it and I have to keep churning stories out like an ATM machine? I have no plans to shut my little site down any time soon but it’s somehow reassuring to know I can if I want to. ✍🏻

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      1. Have you ever noticed… the formats people like are the ones you hate? Familiarity does indeed breed contempt!
        I have several times been asked to write sequels, if you like, to my stories but I don’t think I ever did. Fills me with horror, too, banging on with the same tired old formula.

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          1. I think it’s comfortin to know we have these characters in our back pocket, but hopefully, that’s where they’ll stay.
            I wonder when JK Rowling decided to write sequels to her first Harry Potter book? I wonder if it was before or after she was published?

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