Writing is a beautiful art. It’s like painting with words, and just imagine that the number of creations can be made is limitless. So what’s stopping you from creating and growing as a writer?
Problem: I’ve lost my confidence
Solution: Any opinions you get about your writing must have a justification, good or bad. If people find the beginning too slow, cut out any dawdling and get stuck into the action. If people find mistakes in your grammar, go and get a book and learn these vital skills. Do not let it affect you. Do what you have to do to be a better writer. If people do not give reasonable justifications, ignore them, for they themselves are being ignorant and you cannot afford to waste time, you have a story to write!
Problem: I have writers block
Solution: Some people don’t believe writers block exist. Perhaps it’s simply a state of mind, blocking your creative flow. There are two things to do: take a break, or keep brainstorming. It’s up to you to decide if you’re in a position to take a break. For example, if it’s taken you a year to finally finish planning, and every time you sit down, you write fifty words and delete thirty-two of them, then no, you are not in a position to take a break. You must discipline yourself, but at the same time, allow yourself to be creative. How does the opposition force your protagonist to make a move? Are any relationships developed in this scene? Where does it take place? If you think it’s time you take a break, after writing two-thirds of your novel in just a matter of a few months, and your sick and tired, don’t be afraid. Put everything to side, and write a funny little story about your childhood, or perhaps a new premise that’s been playing on your mind. One of the best solutions I’ve seen around, is writing a poem venting your frustrations. It helps magnificently.
Problem: I don’t have enough time
Solution: Is that true? Okay, perhaps you have a full time job and kids to look after, or many pending essays and upcoming exams. But if you have time to spend on Facebook, finding new people on Twitter, watching yesterday’s episode of Eastenders, it’s not that you don’t have time, it’s that you spend it on other things than writing. And that’s mostly the case. Relaxing is important, but you’ll know yourself if you’re only wasting time. If you commute by public transport, then take a notebook with you and write then. If you have a word processing application on your phone then use that when necessary. Seize the time when it’s in your hand!
Problem: Your ‘everything needs to be perfect’ attitude is getting in the way
Ernest Hemingway said, ‘The first draft is always sh*t’. And you need to accept that. Don’t worry about getting everything perfect, because even if you have complete rubbish, it can be improved. If you have nothing, it cannot be good at all. Write with your eyes shut. If I’m completely honest, I write with my glasses off – there’s no way I can see the screen that way, and so I’m not tempted to change anything.
Problem: Anything else
Keep writing (and keep learning)
Please share any other struggles you’ve had as a writer and how you’ve overcome them 🙂