I wrote this thinking about the pressures and anxieties of being a writer. We unintentionally, or purposefully, put so much pressure on ourselves in order to be considered a writer. I guess this is somewhat of letter saying that if you’re struggling writing at this point in time, you’re not alone. You can get through it. We’ve all hit this point before.
The intimidation of a blank page is scary enough, followed by your own doubts and potential self-sabotage. Grabbing a pen and paper or laptop is an escape –creating characters, worlds or simply expressing thoughts in short form.
We may or may not follow grammar rules — or we struggle along the way, never giving up.
This is what we wanted to do. What we tell everyone…
Trying to fit in a few words before or after working nearly eight hours. Either trying to find the drive to do it that day or night, or put it off.
Well, people may say you’re not a writer if you don’t write. I guess that’s true.
We know it’s not easy. We weren’t expecting it to be. We fall into slumps that can last for months on end; during that time we wonder if we can really call ourselves a writer.
And question if we really wanted to write.
Using resources, turning to YouTube/BookTube, walking through a book store can renew that fire…but how long will it kindle before dwindling or spreading like wildfire?
A well-controlled burn that makes it easy to power through. Or a dangerous one that leaves us spent, waiting for the next thing to spark us.
What we write for is a gold mine; gorgeously crafted words strung together like handcrafted beads to become a part of a necklace. It gets the compliments and praise we think it deserves.
Some of us could be dreaming about it. Stuck. Knowing exactly, exactly, what to write but the right words never seem to come when we want, or words are jammed pack together, ugly.
Then it’s anxiety or maybe depression.
We keep trying and trying to keep going or stay motivated. Maybe we should stop.
But we should really keep trying. Keep writing. There’s that saying that someone out there needs your book. Don’t forget that it’s you too.