How My Ego Gets in The Way of Being a Successful Writer

Jerine Nicole
1 min readJan 7, 2023

I’ve been writing online for the last 2 years.

Since then, I’ve had pretty good results with it. I’ve worked with incredible clients like Ship 30 for 30, Gumroad, and Slow Growth. I also have a part-time job as a writer with a creator startup.

But I’ve stopped consistently writing for myself since getting paid for my writing.

Writing for the old version of me who needs my present self’s guidance — the one I wanted to write for in the first place.

Asking myself why, I’ve noticed the following thoughts come up:

  • You know the basics of writing. You should move on to a different challenge
  • You don’t need to be consistent with writing because you’re doing so many different things
  • You’ve gained some audience, and you get compliments here and there. That should be enough, right?

But the truth is, writing is the only activity where I feel my truest self, regardless of the outcome.

And those thoughts mean that my ego is getting in my way.

So to combat this, I’ve decided to adopt a new mindset around writing:

  • I’m a nobody on the Internet, and every day is day 1
  • My personal writing projects are equally if not even more, important
  • Even if I reach financial independence, writing will be a priority in my life

Writing for 30 days straight can be one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences you could do. It was for me.

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Jerine Nicole

Part-time nurse, part-time writer. I write stories about how I explore life to inspire others. Insights on intentional living: jerinenicole.substack.com