Writer guilt can be nasty.
I suffer from writer guilt and it manifests itself through:
Guilt related to my writing:
- I still don’t have a self published or published book. How can I spend hours on something and have nothing to show for it?
- I should have sent something to a publisher by now even if I don’t feel I am ready for that.
- I should be on more social media sites *weary look at all the social media sites I am currently juggling*
- I shouldn’t be hosting a writing blog because I am not a proper writer (no published book). Writer guilt + Imposter Syndrome.
- I should be challenging myself more.
- I should be writing more.
- I should be doing more research.
- I am writing too much.
Guilt related to all the things that I am not doing whilst writing:
- I should be spending more time with my family, even though they are all in bed asleep when I write..
- I should be reading more.
- I should be reading harder books.
- I should be concentrating my efforts on doing something else.
I have had to recognise that my writer guilt does run away with itself.
So I have started to take adopt the following mindset:
- Accepting that there is nothing rational about writer guilt. It is all in my head! This is the biggie with writer guilt!
- Accepting that writing is something I love doing and that I am drawn to it. Writing puts a smile on my face. I can’t give it up. I write because I love doing it. If I am really honest I am having a great and rewarding time with my writing right now.
- Accepting that I will go down the self publishing / publishing route when I am ready. I am learning so much through writing everyday and acquiring new skills. It is ok to say “I am not ready to take my passion to the next level”
- Accepting that I actually have a very supportive family who encourage and motivate me to go chase down those writing dreams. I need to stop wasting time and energy fretting that I am not seeing enough of them. They are all usually asleep when I write.
- This guilt is negative and destructive. No good will come from these thoughts.
- Other people in the world waste time doing all sorts of weird and wonderful things.
- Feeling proud of my dedication and commitment to my craft.
Being a writer is hard enough without all the emotional baggage that goes with it.
Have you suffered from writer guilt? Any tips?
Have a fabulous day!
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