Some people describe writing as a process of healing, one of serenity and rekindling of faint spirits. For many writers, the swift movement of pen on paper or fingers tapping across a keyboard serves as a therapeutic release from reality, bringing the author closer to what is the true self, the inner voice and the creative expression that can never be found anywhere else.
For others, writing is a curse. A constant, grinding drive to carry on and move forward, a demand so insistent that the process is part pleasure and part pain. If you, much like yours truly, admit to being part of the latter crowd – you may experience some barriers to success. But you are just as much a writer as the former.
The first thing to remember before setting out on your writing adventure is that you are an individual, with your own personal way of tackling the task ahead. You may have read books and articles on the ideal approach to writing and although you may find that there is specific methodology and logical systems which can help you find ways to deal with the challenge, you must also determine what your drivers are.
Do you write for the enjoyment of the writing process, or do you write for the enjoyment of the finished product?
Whatever your driver – embrace it! Shape your methodology around it. Analyse how your mind works, accept reality and allow yourself to feel what you are truly feeling. Don’t try to fool yourself into believing that you like something that you deep down detest; and learn to love your own, unique way of feeling about the writing process. This will release some of the blockages you may feel towards your ability to enjoy writing.
It’s OK to hate writing. It really is. If you feel like that it is a pain and you just want it to be over, you’re not alone. But you can learn to work that trait and welcome it as a strength. You may be a perfectionist, you may feel the strain to perform, you may even quiver at the thought of picking up that pen – all that means that you have great respect for the writing process. You do not take it lightly and you have a high appetite for excellence. All of these are very powerful assets when it comes to creating innovating and exciting content for a demanding audience.
Love it or hate it – you are a writer and you know it. Brave those barriers with great courage, however unpleasant the challenge is, and find your own unique way to handling the pressure.
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