1. You feel like an impostor
Your not letting the writer within you speak.
You’ve put tape over the mouth of your authentic voice, telling yourself that you’re not good enough.
Peel the tape off and listen.
Write it down.
Don’t judge, just write.
2. The writing habit vs. writing a bestseller
The towering image of writing a bestseller is the reason many of us do not write.
If you’re not writing on a regular basis, the goal is just to write.
Write about your best friend or the beautiful sunset.
Write about your thoughts on a book you just read.
Write something, anything.
No one needs to see it and it doesn’t have to be grand.
The only requirement is words on a page.
This is the writing habit.
Fifteen minutes a day.
Try it out.
3. “I’m too busy”
This is a code word for ‘I’m too afraid.’
If you learn to enjoy the writing process, you will probably not work so hard to avoid it.
Do you have five minutes while you’re waiting for dinner to be ready?
Do you have ten minutes while you’re waiting for that phone call?
Do you have twenty minutes on a Saturday morning to sit down and write your thoughts?
Start small and you will find that you do have time.
If you think you don’t have time, it’s all in your head.
The way you talk to yourself is absolutely crucial.
In your heart do you know that you want to write?
If the answer is yes, then you know what it is that your heart wants most.
All that’s left is to write the words.
Tell yourself that you have time and the open spaces of time will arise throughout your day.
4. Writer’s block
You tell yourself on a daily basis “I don’t feel like writing.”
Maybe the problem is, is that you don’t feel like you.
The writer inside you is buried beneath the tasks of modern society
and weighted down by the patterns of failed writing attempts.
It’s time for a resurrection.
Begin to write a little every day.
Find writing prompts that get your thoughts moving.
Even if you write without a specific purpose or clear direction,
all that matters is that you make the choice to write a little bit every day.
Soon, you won’t be able to stop writing.
Then story ideas will come, poems will fly out onto the page, and characters will begin to talk before
you even had a chance to grab the morning coffee.
Just wait and see.
Magical things happen when you put even just a small effort into your writing.
DeMarco-Barrett, B. (2004). Pen on fire: a busy woman’s guide to igniting the writer within. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.