99 Reasons, Why 99% Fail as a Writer (Online)

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Sakthitharan S
6 min readMay 31, 2024

I’ve been writing online (blogging) since 2008. I am sure I have enough authority to create the list of reasons that most people lose in this game.

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I don’t want to beat around the bush. So I list’em just as bullet points here.

  1. Writing to make quick money.
  2. Writing for Instant rewards. Not willing to play the long game. Prioritizing fast growth rather than a strong foundation and exponential growth — at later times.
  3. Playing only by your terms. Naive, self-centric writers who are not willing to change their terms of engagement with the world. (You have to play according to the platform and readers' terms)
  4. Playing the metagame. Not focusing on the actual game (of writing).
  5. Always in the process of finding a better process rather than refining your process by writing continuously.
  6. Always looking at winners. Believing the grasses are greener at their side.
  7. Afraid of rejection — Not expecting rejections. Afraid of being disagreed with.
  8. Not allowing yourself to make mistakes. If you treat writing as walking on the glass, then you will never make a big progress.