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Writing Challenges: 18 Challenges Writers Face and How to Overcome Them

challenges writers faceWhile being a writer has major advantages, it also has its own challenges. Anything without challenges is boring because challenges mould and train us. Some challenges can drain the life out of us, though, which is why it is good to enlist help from others when we experience them. Below are some of the major challenges writers experience and my solutions to them.

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1. Writer’s Block

This is what you feel when you find it difficult to write. You just don’t know what to write, you’re not in the mood, and you don’t know when you will be in the mood.

Writer’s block can be very dangerous, especially if you don’t deal with it quickly. Below are some quick solutions to overcoming writer’s block.

  • Take some rest. Make sure you’re getting adequate sleep, and that you’re not over-stressing yourself.
  • Read, read and read. You can’t produce without consuming. You need information to thrive, so make sure you read, read and read some more.
  • Exercise regularly. Sometimes, the problem is with you being inactive. The flow of blood through your brain can have a lot to do with how creative you are, so make sure you are getting enough exercise. Exercise makes us healthy and physically fit. It puts us in the right frame of mind.
  • Don’t Write. Sometimes, you’re experiencing writer’s block because you have been writing for so long that it’s killing you. Try not to write for a whole day. Go out there, enjoy the world, see friends and have a lot of fun. You will be amazed at how refreshed and productive you can be at the end of the day.

2. Lack of Ideas

You’re very sure you can write that article, but you don’t have ideas or points to write on. It happens to everybody, and the good news is that there’s a solution to this. Below are some ways to get ideas on what to write on.

  • Observe Nature. Taking a look at trees around you, or your dog, or any other object of nature can give you some of your best ideas.
  • Read anything (good, of course) that comes your way. Reading is a cure to lack of ideas. Read anything that comes your way with openness to new ideas that can contribute to what you want to write.
  • Research what to write. Use Google, social media sites, and websites to ignite some of your own ideas.

3. Lack of Productivity

This can be a huge problem on its own, especially if you live in an environment filled with children, or a busy and unproductive environment. I’ve written a complete article on productivity before, and I think it’s one of the best out there. Click here to read the article.

4. Lack of Confidence

This is the most dangerous problem that can plague a writer. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are or how much experience you’ve got; you won’t go so far unless you are confident of what you have to offer.

Being confident isn’t about just knowing that you know your stuff, it is also about being ready to demand what you’re worth. When you’re confident about your skills and what you’re worth you won’t allow yourself to get paid just anything. You will happily demand what you’re worth because you know your service will produce results.

Fear is one major factor that brings about lack of confidence in budding writers. A lot of writers are afraid and bombarded with “what ifs”:

  • What if this is the only client I’ll get in a long while?
  • What if I’m not really worth what I’m asking for?
  • What if my service won’t deliver the expected results?
  • What if there’s no other way to pay the bills?
  • What if this post won’t result in sales?
  • What if nobody will buy if I ask them to?

These questions can be really confusing, and if you’re not careful you will make a lot of wrong choices. In a situation like this, I tell myself that there will always be a better opportunity, and there has always been. One thing I’ve gradually come to realize is that the more you cling to those unprofitable offers the farther away you’re from getting people who will pay you well.

Confidence is internal, it has nothing to do with skills, age,  or reputation.

Most people are yet to apply for a writing gig with that big company. Most people are yet to pitch a guest post to that big blogger and most people are yet to negotiate an increase in income with their clients. Is it because they don’t have what it takes? No, it is because they’re not confident about having what it takes. It is because they don’t believe that they have what it takes.

Believe me; sometimes, what it takes to move from failure to success is confidence; confidence to take a particular action, confidence to take a particular risk and confidence to believe in you.

So you know how powerful confidence can be, it helped me increase the amount I’m paid per article by a particular client from around $50/$70 – up to $200. Of course, I had to increase the value I provide to that client but this won’t have been possible without confidence, and I’d probably be offering the same value for less than half the price if I wasn’t confident about what I have to offer. This article by Carol Tice helped me boost my self-confidence, so check it out!

5. Getting REAL Clients

Getting clients is probably the number one challenge most writers face. A lot of people believe they have the skills but just can’t seem to get clients. Most importantly, a lot of writers reading this don’t want just any client; they want REAL clients that are willing to pay them what they’re worth. If you’re one of these writers I have good news for you, you’re not alone!

There are several ways to get clients who are ready to treat you with the respect you deserve. Based on my experience the formula below is always going to work.

  • Look for a Service Very Few People Can Offer: The more people can offer the service you want to offer the less likely a client will hire you, and if they do, the less likely they are to treat you well. Your aim should be to be almost indispensable. The more integral you are to the success of an organization; the fewer people who can offer the same service you; and the more likely not having you will have an impact on any organization; the higher your chances of success. This takes time and effort, of course, and a lot of creativity, but you will have enough clients and be paid what you’re worth if can offer a service very few people can.
  • Look for a Group of People/Organizations who Need Your Service: The next thing is to compile a list of individuals or organizations that will need your service. Make sure your list is as extensive as possible and make sure you only compile a list of people who share the same values as you. My reason for saying you should compile a very extensive list is that not everybody will hire you. Contacting up to hundred businesses with the right offer will result in enough clients for you and a chance to negotiate and get better deals should you decide to go with only one or two of them.
  • Get in Touch With Them to Let Them Know How You can help Them: Your motto in this regards should be “Results are rewarded, efforts aren’t”. Don’t contact a client telling them how many articles you can write in a month. Let them know how your experience has contributed to past businesses, what kind of results each article you write will deliver and what steps you will take to deliver these results. Sometimes, this means you have to make a promise, or offer a discount or free trial of your service (if this is an organization you really want to work for). Some of these steps look inconvenient, but they shouldn’t be if you really know your stuff and want to get results.
  • Offer to Help Them for Almost Double the Amount You Really Want to Charge: Once you’ve gotten them to agree to work with you, charge them double the amount you intend to charge. I know this sounds counter intuitive but you will be amazed at how effective it can be. Most of these clients are already convinced about how you can help their business so charging them so much will not have a negative impact. In fact, it will only increase your value in their eyes. Of course, most of these clients will negotiate and as a result you won’t get paid less than you’re worth. Bottom line is that you will end up getting a better deal no matter how much they offer.

You can also go more advanced by following my proven strategies for getting clients to come to you through your blog; this is properly outlined in Stop Pitching Clients, my system for getting clients from blogging.

6. The Fear of Selling

We’re all afraid of selling because we believe “people will hate us”, “they will condemn us”, and “some people will even say we’ve sold out”! This is natural, but the sooner you realize that you have to sell every day the more you start embracing that aspect of yourself to make yourself a better seller.

Think about it, convincing a few people to read your blog alone is selling. Convincing someone to be your friend is selling and getting people to believe in your ideas is selling. Why not do a better job at it by accepting you sell every day and by working to be a better seller?

Selling doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. After all, you have nothing to worry about if what you’re selling will make the buyer a better person.

The key to overcoming the fear of selling is to realize that some people will always complain and that there is nothing you can do about it. Those people are not a part of your audience.

As a writer you have to keep producing and you have to feed yourself. Your success depends on selling and you shouldn’t be afraid of doing it. Embrace feedback, but be wary of trolls and haters.

7. Inability to Get Traction

This seems like a huge problem until it isn’t.

Most people complain about not gaining traction, but ask them what they have done to gain traction and it is nothing.

Gaining traction is easy, retaining it is difficult but both are things you can do. The key to gaining traction is selling yourself and ideas to other people. You need to be creative and smart to get traction, but the key lies in getting your ideas across to people.

Network with other people more successful than you are. Leverage the network of bigger and better bloggers and writers around you and work on getting your message across to as many people as possible.

For more ideas on getting traction online make sure you read this article.

8. Too Much Competition

competition

Competition is rife these days, especially with a medium like the internet available to give everybody equal footing. People will accept $10 for the same services you offer for $100. In fact, most of these people will beg to offer their services for such a lower price due to a different standard of living and difficulty of life in various parts of the world.

Competition looks like a problem, but it’s not. It’s a solution!

Too much competition in a space is an opportunity to earn more. It is a chance to think out of the box and pioneer a creative way to earn money. You don’t necessarily have to pioneer anything, but those who are ready to think outside the box and embrace competition will be paid well.

Stop being afraid of the competition; embrace it! More competition is an opportunity to offer more value and increase your worth, so whenever you see a field becoming too competitive don’t wait until you’re being paid peanuts for your work. Increase the value you have to offer and increase your rates with it. There’s a probability that very few people will be able to do the same, and that’s where the income lies for you.

9. Low Writer Pay

This mostly has to do with lack of confidence or not getting REAL clients. Refer to points 4 and 5 for some pointers on what to do.

10. Overbearing Clients

They’re everywhere. It would’ve not been that bad if all they did was make you do more work than you should for your money. Worse than this,  they dampen your spirit and make you doubt yourself and if you’re not careful, this will cost you a lot on the long run.

Whenever you’re dealing with an overbearing client and are sure of the quality of service you’re offering, double your rates! They probably won’t be able to pay it, but that will make them respect you more and control themselves. If they still don’t, fire them!

11. Lifestyle

Ever tried to work only to find that you’re not in the mood or that you don’t have the drive? In most cases this has to do with your current lifestyle and has nothing to do with you not having anything to write about.

For example, I recently discovered I was unable to do anything lately no matter how much I tried. This continued for a few days and my productivity level was so low, I decided to rest. I found out that I was sick the following day.

If you can’t get yourself to work it mostly has to do with your body complaining. Take some rest, go for a medical checkup and do the following to ensure you’re always in good mood.

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat good food regularly; no junk food – and don’t starve yourself
  • Wake up early; sleeping till 9 or 10 in the morning will probably contribute to damaging your creative juice. If possible, wake up by 6 in the morning and exercise then, read for an hour or so and get back to work.
  • Look for emotional encouragement. If you’re not emotionally fit you can’t work. Make sure you regularly encourage yourself internally and externally, and make sure your happiness and emotional health don’t depend on anyone or anything.

12. Emotional Breakdown

This happens a lot, when you start to doubt yourself and can’t get yourself to work. It is mostly as a result of being criticized by a client or someone else.  You may be having some problems at home or online, or just having a feeling that you’re inadequate. The first step is to realize that it is just what it is, a feeling and not reality. The solution is to work towards your personal development by doing the following.

  • Exercise every day
  • Eat good food
  • Read personal development books and blogs
  • Work on improving your self-confidence
  • Examine all criticisms but don’t get attached to them
  • Surround yourself with good friends who can offer you encouragement

13. Isolation

No matter how important your work is, make sure you aren’t alone for too long. Take regular breaks to be with friends. Take a few minutes to read, think and watch the TV.

Writing is important, but ditching your friends is dangerous. In fact, ditching your TV is dangerous, too.

Sometimes, you can even listen to music. Anything you can do to ensure you don’t feel alone will go a long way to improving your life.

A lot of people don’t know they are isolated until it is too late. Don’t be one of them.

14. Use/Expression of Words

This applies especially to non-native English speakers.

A lot of us struggle with use/expression of words and we think we can’t succeed as a writer. Some of us are even ashamed because we think we don’t qualify to be a writer.

The solution: Don’t be afraid to speak/write where a lot of qualified people are. Try to make your mistakes soon so that people can correct you. Also, associate with people who are good with the English language and over time you will notice a pattern. Your use of the English language will improve gradually.

You should also spend more time reading and writing. Read quality blogs that focus on helping people become better writers, read quality books dedicated to writers and spend more time writing and writing and writing.

One great book I recommend every writer should check out is The Elements of Style; it’s a bible for anyone who wants to master the English language.

15. Negotiation

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results – Albert Einstein

Most people complain about not getting a better deal from their clients while still offering the same service. It just doesn’t make sense. Why would a client pay you more for the same service you’ve been doing at a lower rate for months/years?

The solution is to increase your value. The increase in value might not be much but the pay will be great.

Focus on increasing the value you offer to a client. Focus on developing a unique approach for delivering your work and negotiate with the client to get a better pay. Most clients will happily pay more if they see they’re getting a better value.

16. Money Problems

One major problem I’ve faced with my writing career is with money. I just don’t know how to budget. There are a lot of major expenses out there that need my money immediately, and attending to these expenses sometimes result in me having to be offline for days.

The solution is to save and budget. Before you’re paid your income for a particular month make sure you budget how much you want to spend and how much you want to save.

Saving and budgeting will also help you deal with clients. Having enough money in your account will help you avoid acting impulsively because you need quick cash.

17. Lack of Rest

Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise – Benjamin Franklin

How many hours do you sleep in a day? How much do you think it helps your productivity?

I have compared days of sleeping 6 hours a day with days of sleeping 8-9 hours a day and I have found the latter to be better. The more rest I take in a particular day, the more focused I am and the more work I’m able to get done.

Getting things done as a writer is all about thinking and being focused and if you can’t do those two things you’re toast. Lack of rest makes it almost impossible to do those two things. The key to getting more done isn’t about having more time, it is to have enough focused time.

18. Perfectionism

We all struggle with this, and this is why a report I promised will take two weeks is already taking two months.

It’s normal. It is part of why we’re writers. We don’t want to release anything to the world except it is our best, and sometimes, this can be our undoing.

The solution is to realize that your work is perfect as it is. The key isn’t to perfect something before it is released. It is to release it and then perfect it. Spending months on something that will take weeks might look like a smart decision, but what if it is released and it isn’t what your audience likes?

Release that thing you’re finding difficult to release to the public. Improve it based on the feedback you receive and you will be amazed at how effective that can be.

What Other Challenges Do You Experience?

Kindly share your challenges as a writer below as well as a solution to them. Also take a minute to spread the word by sharing this post on your favorite social media site.

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56 Comments on "Writing Challenges: 18 Challenges Writers Face and How to Overcome Them"

  1. Albert says:

    Hello Oni,

    You’re so real with your writings and in most cases profer solutions to the challenges most writers face….thanks alot for this awesome post….i’ve found some of the tips very helpful…keep it up bro.

    • Bamidele says:

      I’m glad you found the article helpful, Albert 🙂

  2. sai@dailyblogtools says:

    after reading this awesome interview , i too love to face challenges

  3. Kenny Fabre says:

    Oni

    thank you for the writing tips man, alot of people have this problem when writing “lack of ideas” and I think that shouldnt be the case because there is so much to write about in any topic.

    there is so much to teach our readers. I understand it but I never run out of writing ideas because I always have something to teach my readers

    • Bamidele says:

      Hi Kenny,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article 🙂

      You’re right that there’s so much to write about any topic and taking the steps in the above article will help writers overcome problems with lack of ideas.

      • SK says:

        Great tips from a seasoned writer. I just discovered your blog a few days ago and have been lurking around and getting a feel of things. I am a freelance copywriter and can really relate to the challenges you talk about. For me, the hardest thing is to stay motivated day after day after day after day after…..yeah.

  4. Irfan says:

    Killer article Oni.

    You always come up with something that I keep in my bookmark for weeks. I read them for twice, thrice & sometimes more then that. Every time I read it it gives me strength to continue my work – It doesn’t matter if you are a freelance designer (me) or a freelance writer (you) your tips are always helpful doesn’t matter in what field you working in.

    Though it would be good to read something here for freelance Graphic Designers.

    • Bamidele says:

      I’m glad to hear my articles are of help, Irfan! 🙂

  5. Josh Sarz says:

    Oni, you’ve hit it hard on the head with this post. Excellent stuff, man. Some of the challenges that you’ve listed down really strike hard on freelance writers, especially the part about getting clients and low writer’s pay.

  6. Amanda says:

    Amazing killer post, Oni. I’m new to your blog but you amaze me by how you always manage to write articles that I really have to spend a long time reading and bookmarking it! 🙂

    Productivity is a biggie. Keeping a back-up folder with posts for times where you can’t write anything (or have no ideas) is a great idea as well. Works for me.

    • Bamidele says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Thanks so much for the compliment about my articles. I’m glad you’re enjoying them 🙂

      I love your tip about having a post folder in case you can’t write. I do that every once in a while on this blog by publishing posts from my ebook and the results have been awesome, too.

  7. Gloson says:

    Hi Oni,

    Great post. I have not been active in the blogosphere these days (I’ll make a comeback when the time is right), and there are not many items in my reader that are interesting, but your post really caught my eye! 😀 It’s really helpful and encouraging. And you, Oni, seem to be one of the few bloggers out there who is still posting top-notch, quality content! 🙂

    Best Regards,
    Gloson

    • Kenny Fabre says:

      Gloson

      I recently saw your blog my friend and I was blown away, how old are you now? its really nice to see a young man like yourself paving a way of greatness for yourself.

      you are younger than me, but I’m truly inspired by you, by the way I have ou in my feedreader but I haven’t gotten any post from you since I added you.

      but its nice to see you here Gloson 🙂

      • Gloson says:

        Hi Kenny!

        Thank you so much! I am 14 years old now. I’m really glad you like my blog!

        Haha. Thanks so much for subscribing to my blog, even though I have not posted any blog posts. 😛

        I am focusing on getting into university right now, so I have to put my blogging aside. Maybe, when I get into university, I can continue to blog.

        I will make an epic comeback when the time comes. 😀

        Best Regards,
        Gloson

        • Kenny Fabre says:

          Gloson

          my friend you are going to be a great blogger/internet marketer, and good luck with your university.

          you must be super smart because at 14 I was still in high school here in america, I’m looking forward to your comeback my friend 🙂

  8. John Mak says:

    Great points Oni! Because of the huge internet traffic lately the competition is growing and I believe the one who is most creative will succeed!
    Great article!
    John

    • Bamidele says:

      You’re right on point! It’s the person with the most creative will that will succeed.

  9. Linda Wilson says:

    Hi Oni,

    Nicely written post, young man – I can say that being old enough to be your mother, but still young enough to learn from you!

    The biggest challenge I face is trying not to write too much. Inevitably a one post topic ends up being 3 or 4, then I can’t decide which to post first. Solution – bang ’em out together! There’s always plenty more where they came from.

    Look forward to reading more soon.

    • Bamidele says:

      Aha, thanks Linda!

      I guess that’s a good challenge. I believe no writing is too much, so the more you write the better it gets!

  10. Ray says:

    Great post Oni, One of the thing i fear the most as a writer, is writing something that i put alot of effort in and afraid nobody is going to read it. I always check my google analytics to see if i have any visiors even if its a small amount. As long as somebody is reading, im happy

  11. Jeff says:

    This is quite a long list. And this is a good one. Keep writing. These are good ideas. Thanks.

  12. Chetan Pinto says:

    These are simple yet very practical suggestions. The best way to write is well, start writing. You will feel good once you finish it. The best way to make more money is to grow and expand your existing network. Give your existing network the help they need honestly and they will help you back in return. I recommend a wonderful book on how to grow your network called Never Eat Alone – by Keith Ferazzi. Read it.

    • Bamidele says:

      You’re right on spot! Start writing!

  13. Ebook Writer says:

    Outstanding sharing. It seems you have deep experience in writing. I hope these excellent points will help in overcoming writer block and help in writing something exciting to the reader. Thanks keep posting such gratifying work.

    • Bamidele says:

      Thanks! I’m glad my tips could be of help!

  14. Talk about overbearing clients! Last month I wrote for a client I found on Problogger. They promised to pay 24 hours after the link went live (the job was 2 sponsored posts on 2 of my blogs). Three weeks later they hadn’t paid. I did over and above what they asked. Eventually, I wrote to them saying that I would take the link down and inform Problogger the work was no longer live.

    They promised they would pay -and so on. Eventually I did take the link down and told them so. I haven’t heard from them again. I think they were bogus. I don’t mind waiting to be paid, I just want to know what’s going on. To add to insult to injury – the ‘payment’ I was supposed to receive was rubbish, anyway.

    I agree that writers have to be motivated. I write a lot about motivation and building confidence on one of my blogs. I can help if anyone here would like some tips.

    Great post on challenges writers face. I totally agree. Writers block can be a killer, but as you said, physical exercise and reading have both paid off for me before. Glad to see you’re up and running again.

    • Bamidele says:

      I think this is becoming rampant these days, especially with those who purchase links/articles on other blogs.

      A solution in this case is to not publish the review unless you get paid, or to remove it asap if a problem arises. I try to be in control when working with clients, so it rarely happens that someone fails to pay me.

  15. Bucchi says:

    Oni, I must express my appreciation for the services you render, your blog has been very helpful and all encompassing. keep up the good work and may God bless you.

    • Bamidele says:

      Thanks Bucchi! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog!

  16. Digital Marketing says:

    Hi Oni once again great post! i’m not new to your blog but i haven’t commented in a while.

    Id like to add a 19th challenge that faces writers.

    I have in the past consulted bloggers on how to improve their writing and one of the number one problems with skilled bloggers is that they tell a “bad story”.

    What i mean is that although many of my clients are experts in their field they lack the ability to tell a story or rather make what they are trying to bring across more interesting.

    Being a public speaker i know that its not about the story you’ve come to tell it’s more about how you tell it. So i suggest to my clients that we look at what makes a good public speaker captivating.

    Without going to deep into it, what makes a good public speaker captivating is his ability to spark emotion in the listener.

    In order to to overcum the 19th challenge (bad story teller),one must learn how to write in such a way that it attracts a emotional response.

    One great way to get your readers more engaged is to share personal experience.

    Another is to state facts or statistics (when used correctly it inspires awe)

    Have an intro that keeps them wanting more, promise an end result that will benefit,shock or inspire them, which will keep them glued to the screen.

    There are many more in-depth ways to become a better story teller, many of which ill be writing on my latest blog http://www.abovethecrease.com.

    • Bamidele says:

      So true!

      I’m starting to see the importance of storytelling lately, and it is what I’ll try to master and start teaching more on this blog!

  17. Most of the items listed here have been bugging me since I starting blogging. Lack of sleep is one of those. Getting away from work sometimes means increasing your productivity when you come back.

    How to Blog Guide

    • Bamidele says:

      Yeah, lack of sleep is a real killer. I see myself more productive when I rest more.

  18. Karo says:

    Hello Oni,

    Just thought I’ll stop by at your blog to see what’s happening. Only for me to find a really long practical post! Man I thought I write long posts, but now it seems I don’t!

    Talking seriously, this is a well thought out article. I don’t think you left anything out as to the challenges writers/information publishers face.

    Man I can relate to 7 of them – Writer’s block, lack of ideas, too much competition, emotional breakdown, Isolation, lack of rest, money problems.

    Writer’s Block

    There seem to be a lack of connection between my mood and my brain at times. And it can really be frustrating.

    Most times my mood and brain connect so well (that is I feel like working (mood) and my brain just keeping pouring in the ideas about what I want to write about) that when I start to write I can write for hours non-stop.

    A good example was when I wrote my first free ebook “Blogging at a Glance”. It’s 40 page long but I wrote it in one sitting within 24 hours. And I always love it when I am like that.

    But then there are times when my mood is right, and I sit to write but my brain just fails to turn in the ideas. I know what I want to write about but sometimes I have problem with how to start writing it.

    What I do? Most times I work away from the computer, from any other distraction, lay on my bed doing nothing than thinking about the point for what I want to write. And doing so sometimes give me some ideas about how to start it well and I note it down. Then I power my laptop and start writing.

    If I still keep failing to get ideas how to start, I just take myself completely from work. Usually I do my next most love activity. Watch TV, movies and chat with neighbors. And funny enough sometimes the perfect ideas comes to me in times when I am doing something completely unrelated to work.

    Lack of ideas

    I think I am getting over this now. Recently I started reading blogs a lot and taking my time to make comments. And during this process ideas for content sometimes not even related to what I am reading, comes to me.

    I use my twitter account to find articles to reads and after reading 4 or 5 articles, I get at least one strong content idea.

    Isolation

    Completely guilty of this. Since I lost my job in 2009 and started full time online business, I can count how many times I have actually dressed up to go out. And don’t be surprised it’s not up to 20.

    I work around the clock. I work all through the night. And sleep for at most 5 hours during the day. Then I am back to writing an article or other activity that is set for the day. And then back to working all through the night again.

    This one for now has no solution. I have so much to do. And it just seems the time keeps running these days. And one keeps fighting to catch up.

    Too much competition

    I knew blogging was too competitive but I decided to still do it as a niche because of the experience I had with it.

    Just too many misconceptions I am trying to correct with my articles. So my eyes were opened when I went into it, but even at that it’s not a good feeling to be in a niche with other half a million people. All talking about the same topic.

    I long to be in a niche not so competitive, demands less seriousness and more fun. But I do love writing about blogging for money, because it’s just something I know, and know well. So I think that alone keeps me in the playing field.

    Emotional breakdown

    Man, what can I say. You can’t help it sometimes. What do I do? Sometimes I give in. Cry, get frustrated and shut down for a day or two. And find myself again.

    And sometimes I fight it; especially if what is causing it doesn’t make sense. Or working myself up about it doesn’t help me. I am matured enough to know when somethings just don’t make sense to worry about. So I guess that helps 🙂

    Lack of Rest

    Guilty, guilty, guilty. What can I do? Nothing for now I guess.

    The truth is, when you’re just starting to build a business, even if you want to, you can’t afford to get enough rest. But keep hitting at it and soon you’ll be able to employ some helping hand and get to rest as long as you want and the business won’t suffer for it.

    Does that mean you should slave yourself to death for now? I don’t think that’s possible; because from my experience you can’t work 24 hours of the day, not if your business involves your brain.

    Sometimes when I try to push myself more than necessary, my brain stops responding. And when that happens I really have no choice than to shut down and rest.

    Money problems

    Well, mine is more about lacking as much as I need, than lack of saving. In this case I have no choice than to manage and work harder at my businesses to start earning me as much as I need.

    Great post Oni.

    • Bamidele says:

      Hi Karo,

      Thanks so much for the comment; I must say this is an entire post in its own…lol!

      I can relate to your point about being in mood and then not being in mood. It happens to me too. There are times I will write for more than 10 hours, and there are times I can hardly write for a week. In times like these I can see myself falling sick sooner; it mostly has to do with stress, lack of passion or being overwhelmed by the project you’re embarking on.

      Taking some rest has always solved the problem for me.

      • Karo says:

        Yeah, I think I am beginning to make a name as “the one who writes the longest comment”. LOL.

        Seriously I just like to take my time when making comments and write out all I have to say about the topic at hand like I do when writing my own posts not minding it’s a comment.

        For me I think it’s not mostly stress (though I should really start to plan rest time in my schedule) it’s more of being overwhelmed with the task at hand and emotional issues.

        And both are really not something you can completely avoid. One just has to keep fighting these feelings when they come up.

        By the side:

        I received the download link today about your new ebook. I am really glad to see that finally it’s done!

        I’ll download it now and find time to read it. If it relates to any chapter of my upcoming book, I will include a link in the book to the download page.

        Take care Oni

        And keep up the good work.

  19. Bill says:

    Oni,

    Writer’s block can be a major downer for me, but I use several techniques to at least get something down. For the last eight years, my work has required me to write technical reports (usually 40 hours a week) with only short breaks for research or fieldwork. It can be a real drag. Getting outside, which you mentioned, is one way to break the block, but here are three of my favorites.
    1 Work under a schedule- only write (or try to write) for no more than 50 minutes with a 10-20 min break. That may be enough to break the block and give you new ideas during the break.
    2 Use an outline- Make a useful outline when you are inspired that you can use to guide posts later.
    3 Keep your topic narrow- As a beginner, I recommend you keep to a narrow, focused area that you continually concentrate on. This way you can recycle old posts with a new spin that will keep you alive until you get back in the saddle.

    Hope this helps you all.

    • Bamidele says:

      Keeping your topic narrow is a strong point on its own, and I’ve seen that helped me in a number of situations!

  20. WritersWritingWords says:

    Oni, you face challenges and come through stronger every time 🙂
    Please, drop by my blog and pick up your award, because your work is appreciated.

    • Bamidele says:

      Hey Eleni,

      Thanks so much for the award. I’m so glad you could think of me for the award, and I so much appreciate it 🙂

  21. Sagar says:

    it will be helpful for beginner writers. Many online writers are lacking with these kind of problems…

  22. Rahul Mehta says:

    i love your writing man ! usually its not possible for me to read your post in a day . so i bookmark your posts and read it daily .. sometimes twice too .. keep writing . you are helping us allot .

    • Bamidele says:

      I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts!

      • Rahul Mehta says:

        can you tell me how much exactly time you devoted to this post ?
        usually when i write this kind of posts it takes 2-3 days for me . what about you ?

  23. Jim Jenks says:

    Trying to get more into blogging myself, this definitely helps, thanks.

  24. It’s undeniable that bloggers often experience these problems especially beginners. Anyway your suggestions help me how to deal with these challenges in blogging. Thank you.

  25. Radifuson says:

    Once you take the first step and decide to face a challenge, you have to state the … Are you a good writer?

  26. rohan advani says:

    love the way you write bamidele!! wowsome post!! crisp & clean.

  27. David says:

    Good post ..Thanks for sharing !

  28. KEHINDE says:

    I must confess, I am always inspired by any of your post, but this particular post as proffer solution to many of the problems I am facing that I can not even discuss with people. They are problem I face even outside of writing. I pray God will increase your strength as you teach on. You have been my Role Model in Make Money Writing.
    Thanks for sharing this invaluable content. I have already bookmark it.

  29. David says:

    Great post and lot of information ..thanks for sharing !

  30. Luana Spinetti says:

    Hi Bamidele!

    Waking up at 6 and get ready to work? Uhm– no thanks! I admire people who do — I really do! — but usually I end up exhausted by end of the day, so that’s not a good option for me. I try to sleep at least 7-8 hours a night and take a small nap in the afternoon, to keep my brain refreshed and productive. 🙂

    You covered a big list of challenges here. Low-paying clients and a low self-confidence are some of the biggest buggers, in my opinion; it can take time to get rid of things such like an inferiority complex, low self-esteem and other psychological blocks, and sometimes we develop a close relationship to low-paying clients, which makes it harder to give up on them.

    Perfectionism– ah! The monster!

    ~ Luana S.
    writer.luanaspinetti.com

  31. Kasey says:

    I’m a fictional novel writer, and I’m also 16. One of the main challenges i face is my inability to slow down. There are so many elements that I plan to put in my work, but never do. It’s because I can never force myself to plan it all out before hand, and if I do, I get bored and stop writing that. I write like I read, I need to be kept interested and on my toes, and I think my work may be suffering for it.

  32. Ed Scarpo says:

    I’m a professional journalist with more than 20 years of experience. I’ve been applying for fulltime editorial positions every day for an embarrassingly long time. I won’t blog for $10; I won’t write a page one newspaper article for $25 either, nor will I write/edit for a website that pays months late, if at all. I recently hired a pro to help me rework my resume and cover letter, and I’ve been using the revamped versions since December. Meanwhile I’m getting by via my monetized niche news blog (I average around 50k UMVs) and proceeds from a book I wrote, which reached as high as number 3 on one of Amazon Kindle’s paid best seller lists. I get no responses from resumes. I worked as a freelance writer, with great success in 2011, but now something has changed. I couldn’t get any of my previous clients back. I know there was nothing wrong with my work, I think my old clients have the freelancers they need. So everyday I send resumes, I blog and I’m working on book number two. Honestly I’m thinking of leaving the profession… but what else can I do? I’m not earning enough to sustain my modest life. Any advice?

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