Friday, February 08, 2019

Why Writing Can Be So Difficult Sometimes

Start writing, no matter what.  The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. 
- Louis L'Amour

Every writer finds the process of writing hard. 

It can feel like a painful process when you're deciding which word sounds the best, and how it should be placed in a sentence to give more depth and meaning.

For a few it can be seem like a stroll in the park, for other writers it feels like traversing a great mountain.

Here are some of the biggest reasons why writing is so arduous for some writers.

1.  Paralysing Perfectionism

If you've ever tried to write that perfect sentence in the hopes of turning it into a masterpiece, you'll know how impossible it is.

Even the slightest attempt at perfectionism is exhausting, and the result is never what you intended.  Leaving you to feel annoyed and overpowered by the process.  Starting the process knowing that you're too burnt out can leave you feeling even more dejected, stopping any creativity you might have had left.

The only way you can get around this is by writing, even if you feel its not your best work.  By limiting the amount of edits, you know it's the best you could have done.

Tell yourself you can always improve the piece later on, by adding new information, this will keep the perfectionist in you at bay.

2. Irregular Writing Schedule

Don't rely on your muse to show up for inspiration, because you're more likely to get stood up. 

When writing is the only thing on your mind, and you're unable to put pen to paper, you quickly get writer's block and can go days, and even weeks without writing.

Putting time aside to write for 30 minutes each day during the week, will not only boost your creativity levels but also help you write more. 

When you do something regularly, you condition your mind and body to do that activity.  Think of it like this, if you stop riding a bike, and got on one now, you'd be wobbling all over the place.  If you decided to take up bike riding again you'd have your childlike confidence back.

The same goes for writing, you need to use it, so that you don't lose it.

Make a simple writing schedule out for your writing time during the week.  It doesn't have to be everyday.  Just remember you need to stick to it if you want to get the most out of your writing.

3. Fear of Failure

Having the guts to stand up for your own work can be really difficult.

The thought of someone not liking what you've written, and hearing the words, you're a bad writer, can be truly horrendous.

Everyone has an opinion about something, even the best writers were thought of as bad at some point in their writing career, because they didn't follow the rules of grammar or couldn't spell.  The likes of JK Rowling was rejected 12 times before she had ever had a book printed.

I'm sure all of these writers had their feelings put through the ringer regularly, but did it stop them from creating a masterpiece?  No.

You're writing doesn't need to be perfect, you just need to be able to connect with your audience.

Don't be pulled down by all of those negative comments and haters, who probably haven't written anything anyway. 

The more you put yourself out there the easier writing will become, and the more you can start exploring your writing talent.

It Takes Courage to Write

Putting your fingers on the keyboard and writing takes a lot of guts, because your putting your knowledge and reputation on the line.  The important thing is to try.