Placing value in your creativity won’t always bring you positive results, but you must persevere.
I’ve talked about the benefits of writing, which is important for anyone considering delving into their creativity. However, as with everything, there is another side of writing that I feel inclined to share.
I don’t want to put you off or add to an existing worry you may already have. At the same time, I don’t want to mislead you into thinking that writing is all sunshine and rainbows either. Writing can absolutely change your life, but you need to be ready for all aspects of the ride.
It’s not easy.
Sure, you can put pen to paper but when you begin writing for an audience the pen feels heavier. You start doubting your ideas, you compare yourself to the greats and feel inferior, and at times you stare at a blank screen waiting for inspiration to start. While you had the motivation to begin with, actually maintaining it becomes a challenge, and often when starting out we’re just not quite prepared for it. But you can do it!
Not everybody will be a fan.
You may write something that you love, put it on your blog or in your book, and receive positive feedback. And then there will be that one comment, that one negative review that has you doubting your whole existence. Remember, your writing style isn’t going to appeal to everybody. The whole world isn’t your target audience. And while you can take constructive criticism on board and use that when reflecting on your writing, don’t allow it to define the work that you do.
It will push you outside of your comfort zone.
You’ve written your first blog post, pressed ‘publish’ and now you’re suddenly feeling vulnerable. Why? Well, writing for yourself is one thing, but actually sharing that with other people can feel scary. Owning your work in public takes great strength, and this is a challenge for many new writers as you’ll be at a point where you’re yet to find value in what you do. In the writing industry, you have to develop a thick skin and love your work fiercely, but not so much that you don’t try new genres or new writing types. Embarking on a writing journey is a commitment to stepping outside of who you are now and moving closer to who you could be.
You’ll often hate what you write but be compelled to continue.
I’ll be honest, it’s rare that I love anything that I write in the moment that I write it. I’ve been inspired by pieces instantly, but the majority of the time I’m convinced it’s awful. However, the desire to write is greater than that so I persevere and eventually I produce a good piece of work. You’re not going to love what you write straight away. You’ll be so anxious about what other people might think, that you’ll start creating negative opinions before anyone else has a chance to. This is normal, but pushing past this to write anyway is what makes you a writer.
Despite all of this, I urge you to write anyway. You’ll be so glad you did.
Whether you’re planning on writing a book, developing your blog or just want to build your confidence in your writing, get in touch with me for a free 20-minute consultation