We’ve all had them, one of those days where everything around you makes you question what your working towards. I feel like I’ve had a lot of these days lately. I try not to let it get me down, but sometimes, it’s inevitable. I feel, when you’re writer, there are a lot of things that can get in your way , slow you down, and/or bring you down. I know these thoughts are normal, and most writers consider themselves tortured. Now I know exactly why this is so true. Here are some of the things that get in my way and trip me up during my writing journey:
- Inadequacy: I can’t tell you how debilitating this can be for the creative process. Social media can be wonderful for encouragement, but it can also show you how far you have to go to get to the level you need or want to be. “Everyone else seems so much better than me” is a thought I have often. I’m one that usually has self-confidence, but I question myself all the time when it comes to writing. Yes, I know, this is normal, but it can be very hard to overcome.
- Timing: This could be finding time to write, but more than not, it’s the timing being right to write. I’m trying so hard to be more disciplined in my writing, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I have to admit, I’m probably not trying hard enough. Having to to be in the mood doesn’t get me anywhere. I’ve always said that I hate forced writing, but if I want to grow, I need to write when it doesn’t necessarily feel right.
- Distractions: I get distracted so easily, even if I’m in a quiet place. Normally, I like to write in a bookstore or a coffee shop, but I can’t always make it to those wonderful places. I need to focus, focus, focus!! And I need to do so, no matter the location or what’s going on around me. Sometimes I feel guilty for wanting to hide, and for ignoring emails and phone calls, but once the creative juices start flowing or if I’m trying to get them going, being a recluse helps. Finding a balance is key, and I think I’m still learning that.
- My story: I love the story of “Amelia.” It’s been with me for the last four years and it’s such a part of me. After editing, editing, editing, and now, working on a complete rewrite, I’m scared I’ll lose my passion for the story. I’m also scared that the path of my main character is blurred and my vision is lost on where I want her to go. My goal for the next week is to focus on Amelia’s journey and hopefully everything else will begin to fall back into place.
These times of frustration will go away. Usually after a period of reflection and sharing, I see the light and write towards it with gumption! I hope this will be the case this week and next week, as I will have the time to concentrate on my writing more than I have in the past month or so. What’s also nice is, my husband and I are taking a trip very soon, and hopefully that will revitalize some of my creativity. Travel is always good that way.
Writing isn’t easy. Staying focused is even harder. The everyday life going on around us can take grip and not let go. The passion has to stay lit just enough to not allow us to give up.
I don’t want to give up. I won’t give up. I can’t give up.
Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. ~Author Unknown
Until next time…