I’ve been struggling with writing lately. Am I really cut out for this? Should I just give up and do something else with my life? Is this all just a waste of my time?
There’s a lot of voices in my head. (That’s why I’m a writer, right?) Today’s post is to put them into writing, and then set them straight. Time to sort out the truth from the lies.
Lie: My writing is no good.
Truth: Some of my writing is bad, but most of my writing is decent and has potential. And some of my writing is actually really, really good.
Lie: My work isn’t good enough to get published.
Truth: Even if my current WIP doesn’t have publishing potential, that doesn’t mean that I can’t get published. Hard work and perseverance pay off.
Lie: If my First Finished Novel isn’t good enough to publish, then it’s been a waste of time.
Truth: If that WIP never gets published, it still has taught me so much about writing (and publishing). It was still an amazing project and I am so grateful for its impact on my life.
Lie: Writing isn’t fun anymore.
Truth: Writing really is fun. Not-writing-but-thinking-about-writing is awful. Also, sometimes working for too long on one project makes it dull and boring, but writing itself is something I really enjoy.
Lie: If I don’t have good plot ideas, I can’t write.
Truth: Most of my plot ideas come to me as I write. The act of writing generates ideas, and the more I write, the more I’ll be able to.
Lie: Sitting down to write is a waste of time.
Truth: Sometimes, I don’t get anything done when I sit down to write. But most of the time, if I start writing, the Muses will meet me at my laptop. Sometimes they don’t, but the more I pursue them, the more likely they are to show up.
Lie: I have to wait for inspiration to be able to write.
Truth: Writing produces inspiration. Writing is hard, but it’s worth it. Put in the hard work, and it pays off.
Don’t listen to the lies your brain wants to tell you. When it lies to you, just say “that’s enough of that.” Get on with your writing and make 2017 a good writing year.