When I started to try and be consistent in my writing (i.e., doing it daily, increasing my wordcount, etc.) I noticed some . . . resistance. Even though I love writing, I kept looking for excuses to put it off. I gave into distractions. I came up with reasons why writing was a bad idea, or just why my ideas were bad.
Often, you hearing about people saying they don’t have enough time to write. But I soon realized that time wasn’t my problem. I could easily say “no” to activities I considered less important (I’m looking at YOU, Downton Abbey). No, what was stopping me from writing was . . . worry.
What do writers worry about?
I’m curious to know if anyone else has this problem. Do you sit down to write and start thinking of all the other books that are so much better than yours? Or which ones have a great commercial “hook,” and what were you thinking starting your WIP anyway?
Or do you read an article on promoting that advocates a totally different approach from what you’ve been doing? All of a sudden you’re like, “Should I have been doing this all along instead?” (cue the headsmack)
What’s the number one thing you worry about as a writer? What stops you from putting pen to paper, and how do you deal with that? Tell me in the comments!
(Top image by Robert Bouza)