As a writer, I have the right to say writing is a bit complicated. The simplified idea of writing is not the hard part, but the psychology behind it is what seems to throw people off. Writing flexes muscles you think you use daily until you sit down to write something with purpose and you draw blanks. As much as I would like to lie about this, I can’t; Writing doesn’t get easier but it does get better with time.
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” ― Octavia E. Butler
As long as I have been writing, I still have a lot of doubts about what I’m creating. At first, I thought the remedy to my writing woes would be writing when I felt like it. Then I found out I’ll never write if that was the only driving force. The remedy is just like anything else; Consistency. We’re not best friends, but after holding myself accountable for just a month, I saw a drastic change in the flow of my writing by being persistent and consistent. The only way to get better is to keep going, regardless of your doubts.
“A writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.” — Burton Rascoe
I am a master procrastinator. But hear me out, it is all part of the process. Procrastination is usually one of two things for me: Burnout or laziness. Either way, it’s important to recognize when you’re procrastinating, acknowledge it, and identify what you need to do to snap back into writing mode. For me, it usually means I need to rest or a change of scenery. A step away from the digital space typically helps me put things into perspective and regenerates my brain cells. Soon after, another burst of ideas–and motivation– comes about. Procrastination is just a lack of focus, and most times understandably so. With writing, you have to have a certain mindset to be able to articulate concepts into words for others to understand. So don’t beat yourself up about it. Allow yourself to be human, give yourself a break, and just make sure to get back to it.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”— Maya Angelou
If you have a sudden idea or something to say, write it out. If you don’t know how to say it or how to get it done when attempting, find a way to do it anyway– Tip: Voice notes are a good back up tool! There are levels to writing and they’re not cut and clear. Creating the habit of writing everything down, regardless of how it comes out, has gotten me far in my writing journey. And trust me, I always have terrible timing when an idea pops into my mind, like when I’m in the shower or about to fall asleep. The interesting part is once you jot down those ideas and then revisit them, the flood gates usually bust open. So just get it out and fix it up later– Which brings me to my last point.
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” — Jodi Picoult
Writing with intention is a thing that happens when it wants to. On top of being a master procrastinator who has the worst timing with brainstorming, I am also a perfectionist– The root of a writing nightmare. I’ve found it best to come up with questions and points related to the topics I’ve brainstormed and brain dump on each of them. Apparently, I enjoy editing. So when it is time to conceptualize my brain dumps, the writing process comes with a bit more ease. Breaking down your topics into sections not only makes for a better flow in a piece but also makes the process more palatable for yourself. That sense of accomplishment is unmatched.
There are many things, more than what I have mentioned, that goes into writing. These are just the things that I find common and have adjusted to help mold me as a writer. If you could overcome these things, I’m sure you’ll be just fine as a writer. No matter how it gets done, as long as your writing, you are a writer.