Something has shifted in my brain regarding writing, and I’m not even sure how to explain it or define it. I’m moving forward, trying to refine what I know, to make what I write, better. I’ve been carefully evaluating my writing, seeing how I can improve it.
I’ve been hit hard with self doubt over the past year, even to the point of pushing the writing away and becoming paralyzed and unable, or too afraid to move forward. I’ve seen several friends hit hard with similar problems. Recognize these?
Why am I trying to get this down?
This is crap!
I’m stupid for even trying to tell this story!
I will never get my words to sound as good as [put the name of any ‘famous’ or ‘better’ writer here]
I can’t get this one section ‘perfect’ and until it is, I can’t go forward.
Sound familiar? I hear it almost everyday by fellow writers, hell I’ve thought it on many occasions as recently as yesterday trying to fix something. It’s the wiggling worm of insecurity, the monster of perfection and fear.
So how do we combat it?
Just keep writing. I know, sometimes it’s easier said than done. I know sometimes when you’re faced with all sorts of other things, the words sometimes dry up, the brain/muse (whatever you call it) goes on vacation. Don’t give up. Especially if it’s something you want to do.
I found, circulating on fb this morning this pic:
Sometimes that’s all we can do. Keep moving, keep writing, keep progressing. I’ve read many a writer talk about how they slogged through this section, and not that section, but on going back over it they couldn’t tell which was which. I’ve found much the same.
Keep going. Keep writing. Keep positive. You’ll get it, don’t give up.