The new year has began, and with that a new year for writing. After self-publishing my anthology last year, I’m now working on my novels that I’m partly continueing and partly revising and rewriting. All of which cannot be very easy sometimes. But that’s just the life of a writer and those are times you just kind of pull through because at some point you’ll come back to it anyway – writing. Because that’s what you do. This post is for all the writers out there who need a kind reminder.
For the writers who are blocked
Perfection isn’t important right now. Sometimes you have to keep going and commit a few terrible writing sins if it means you can create better things out of it after going over it all again.
For the self-conscious beginners
Think of your passion, what drives you to write. Think about your goals. Don’t think of your writing as terrible; think of it as preparing to contribute something great to the world. No one is perfect, ever. No writer is truly flawless at their work. The biggest authors have written all day, all night and have once started – just like you.
For the self-conscious late bloomers
Your old writing, no matter how embarrassing, shall be the indicator of how far you have come. You’ve created a lot and that says something about you. You can’t get to where you are today without covering everything that you have started off with. Be proud.
For the lost writers
Remember the reason you started writing in the first place. If that’s simply journalling, so be it. It’s alright to move on or write for other motivations or none at all. Behind the writing there is an author and the author is more than their writing. Don’t pressure yourself if you don’t feel like writing right now. Come back to it when you feel like it, it’ll be there once you do.
For the realistic writers
There will be people who will dislike your work even if it’s considered a classic of sorts. But there will be people who love your story, even if it’s absolutely strange and not very popular. Books are just like people.
For the perfectionists
To take your thinking back to real grounds, try thinking about how sometimes you complain about the people and things you love, the mistakes and errors, and how you still love them so much anyway. Give yourself that same space and own your project as it is. You, as the writer, get tired and bored of your writing just because you read it a million times. The reader of your writing does not have this problem. Keep that in mind.
Happy January, loves.