- People being totally underwhelmed by what you write and assuming it is "easy work". (The "anyone can put pen to paper" argument. True but it still doesn't follow they can put a post or a story together!).
- Running out of pens, paper, ink cartridges. Always happens at a bad moment (such as in the run up to an imminent deadline).
- Experiencing a power cut during a writing session and realised the last time you backed up your work was a couple of hours back! Happened to me but am glad to report this kind of mistake only happens the once. I now back up every 15 to 20 minutes and if in the middle of a blog post for Chandler's Ford Today or the Association of Christian Writers will hit the update button every 5 minutes! As they say once bitten...
- Having lots to write, looking forward to it but not knowing where to start.
- Procrastination. See 4!
- Indifferent reviews. Okay we all want good reviews but a bad review can sometimes show up something useful to bear in mind for other stories. Indifferent reviews tell you nothing.
- It being assumed, because you're at home a lot, you simply must have lots of time on your hands. Not true!
- Assuming your writing can wait till later because you have lots of time to do it in after all. See 7!
- When someone asks how well your stories/books are doing, you tell them and they look pityingly at you because you're not in the same league as better known authors whose books are selling by the proverbial tonne.
- Internet failure at a time when you are expecting a really important email.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.