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Three Challenges That I’ve Faced as a Writer

Being a professional scribe isn't all puppy dogs and ice cream.

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It’s been more than a decade since I could accurately call myself a professional writer.1 (Click here for an interactive Tableau dataviz, including a timeline of my publications.)

To be sure, I have found the work largely rewarding—especially when you hold one of your books in your hand or when your clients acknowledge how you’ve helped them.

Still, any writer faces plenty of challenges. In this way, it’s just like any other job.

My ghostwriting agency recently asked for a lengthy and insightful guest post on the subject and I obliged. It’s August in Phoenix during a pandemic. Translation: I have the time. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s been more than a decade since I could call myself a professional writer. #timeflies To be sure, writing has done more than help me pay my bills. On the whole, it’s been enormously rewarding and saved me thousands of dollars on psychiatrists. (Writing is far cheaper than therapy but largely serves the same purposes.) With ten books and oodles of articles and blog posts under my belt, I’ve spent more time writing than I can count.

Still, it would be folly to claim that it has all been puppy dogs and ice cream. In this post, I’ll explain a few of the biggest challenges that I’ve faced as a scribe over the years. (Note that I’ve anonymized the individuals and companies involved.)


  1. Don’t get me started on poseurs.


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