My writing is going well, and this is no accident. I’ve been working feverishly on several projects, and I’ve signed four contracts over the past few months. How do you do that? You stomp on discouragement, and kick fear to the curb. Those sensations don’t serve you any longer.
Just write. It sounds easy, of course. Like anything that’s worth doing, it’s not easy. Today, I was thinking about the things that hold me back, and I managed to pinpoint the number one barrier that causes any so-called writer’s block, regardless of how long the block lasts.
HESITATION. Any kind of hesitation seems to throw a wrench into my timing chain. If I spend more than a brief second thinking about writing, it’s less likely to happen. That is because another sinful voice pops in to say hello.
DOUBT. Doubt is never welcome, but it whispers in my ear when I sit down to write. Doubt usually translates into, “Eh, I’m not really feeling it today,” or “I just don’t think anything I write at this moment will be any good.” How do we tackle doubt and hesitancy?
JUST WRITE. It takes a long time to learn to shuck off these horrid voices; it takes some of us longer than it takes others. National Novel Writing Month—coming up in November—was very helpful for me in this regard. I learned to write until I was finished, not back track, not think too much—just write. I apply everything I learned in NaNoWriMo to any writing I do the rest of the year.
If you intend to make money off your writing, I’d say the best thing to do is just write. Maybe the first draft will be terrible, but that’s okay. Worry about it when you’re done. Don’t waste your time thinking about it when you should be writing instead.
And most importantly, if you aren’t having fun, your approach needs to change. After all, what’s the point in doing anything if it isn’t fun? Wait, don’t answer that.