How to Be Certain Your Writing Career Isn’t a Waste Of Time

Ayodeji Awosika
5 min readMay 2, 2020

I have good news and bad news.

Let’s start with the bad — your writing career might be a waste of time.

The good news — it’s probably not.

I’ve noticed a strange fear us writers tend to have. The fear of putting time and effort into something that just isn’t meant to be.

You want to grow on Medium, publish your own books, or find other ways to make a living for your writing. You don’t lack motivation.

If you knew this whole writing thing would work out, you’d attack the keyboard full force every day.

But you don’t. Why? Because of uncertainty.

Let’s just get to the point. I do know of one career-ending sign. If you don’t see this sign, you’re fine.

The Only Circumstance Where Your Writing is Destined to Fail

If you’ve never had an inkling, an itch, or a slight desire to write before stumbling across a “make a living writing,” blog post, you’ll fail.

Writing online has become one of the get rich quick schemes de jour.

Everyone’s throwing their hat in the ring now because writing looks cool and can make you serious money when done right.