How To Get Out Of Your Own Writing Way #amwriting #writers

 

How To Get Out Of Your Own Writing Way

I have decided that I need to get out of my own way when it comes to writing.

On a regular basis I find myself getting wrapped up in writer frustration and I think I am the problem.

I love writing and I am determined to move myself out of the way. This is the plan:

  1. Accept Writing Flaws. I am accepting my writing flaws. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to writing. No writer is perfect. So I am embracing my weaknesses and taking control. I am doing something about them. This week I have been reading up on passive versus active voice and after a few changes I have been able to see how my writing can be improved. This was not as bad as I thought it would be.
  2. Turning Off My Inner Critic Voice. Its annoying and constantly feeds me negative thoughts about my writing. It is time to turn it off and stop listening to it. I have told myself that it can be switched back on once I have finished my third draft.
  3. No Time For Procrastination. There is no time for procrastination. When I have a finished novel out there I can spend as many hours as I like on Twitter or Facebook. Until then I am going to work my tail off. I am scheduling in set writing times and so far I have stuck to them.
  4. Grow Thick skin. I have stopped caring about what others think of me being a writer. I am a writer. Fact. I enjoy what I write and I know others do. Yes there will be some people who don’t like my writing and there is nothing I can do about this. We all have different tastes. So I am growing a thicker skin.
  5. Stop Comparing Myself To Others. I need to become like an athlete and keep my focus on my track lane. I need to stop looking over my shoulder at other writers.
  6. Start a Success Diary. Its not necessarily writing related but this really helps when I am going through a bad patch. Its so simple and so effective. You write down 5 successes about your day. A week in and I am already feeling a lot more positive.
  7. Stay Focused. I am finishing my third draft and I am not going to allow myself to be distracted by other stories.
  8. Forget Past Regrets. I am stopping moaning some past creative project regrets. They didn’t work out and now it’s time to move on. This is now my future.

 

There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them. – Ralph Marston.

 

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47 thoughts on “How To Get Out Of Your Own Writing Way #amwriting #writers

  1. I believe the road to becoming a writer is a tough one and if one can pursue on regardless of obstacles, the reward can be fruitful 😊

  2. It’s interesting, because I see strengths instead of “flaws” in some of the things you mention. For example, you’re trying to silence your inner voice, whereas I’m trying to amplify it. My best writing has always been when I’ve been to silence my self and let the voices in my head speak up.

    Unless that’s what you mean.

  3. Great advice!! Something I needed to hear today as well… Goes along with a teaching I heard last night that really kick started me! Check out Robert Stevens book “Conscious Language”. So many good things in there about taking charge of your mind and self talk. Goes along with your list here of taking charge of your thoughts and doing what needs to be done.
    Personally, I am going to make an effort to set scheduled times to write and keep that schedule!! No more procrastinating!!!

  4. Oh my goodness! I love this! This is perfect and I am totally rooting for you in every possible way!

    We all struggle with comparisons, with self-doubts, with procrastination. They key is definitely finding what works best for you. You /are/ a writer! No one can take that away from you and the most important thing to remember is that you don’t want to write like other people (I mean maybe a little bit), but your writing style is your own! Own it! Keep it! Hoard it! That is where you’ll find your voice and your passion, and the story that wants to be written. ^.^ Keep me updated on how your writing is going! I’m still looking forward to reading something of yours! 😉

  5. A very positive post. 🙂 And I especially like the successes notebook idea. I do something similar with positives in my life. I write them down as they happen, as I have a tendency to focus on the negatives. Keep moving forward. 🙂

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