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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stay Focused. I am finishing my third draft and I am not going to allow myself to be distracted by other stories.
- 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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