Often you’re resistant to getting started. That resistance is just a thin veneer between you and your work but it feels like a concrete wall. Get up and crash right through it! Become a bull or a battering ram. Don’t let a film of resistance cost you decades
Anytime I scribble a few words on a sheet of paper, people like
It’s difficult to overcome these personal fears when they seem to have so much power—especially when we feel that our ideas can never measure up to the quality of work by the authors whose work we admire and whose writing world we long to join. It’s easy for people to tell us to sit down and just
So we must understand what we want as writers and we need to know that the effort we put forth
A great place to start is by believing that “starting” is not a terrifying experience, but a liberating one. This is an opportunity for you to explore the inner workings of your mind. By
Maybe instead of thinking about all the consequences that come with starting a writing project, think about the consequences of what happens if you don’t. Do you want to spend the rest of your life telling people you always wanted to write, or do you want to be proud of yourself for trying—and most likely succeeding?
a bit ironic that I’m having to overcome my personals fears RIGHT NOW in writing to you about how overcoming our resistances can lead to such positive outcomes.
I have always been able to speak to people. I’m all hand-movements and big facial expressions, but the process of writing is a very intimate experience for me. Having people read my work feels as if I am opening my soul to a world of judgment and rejection—not an uncommon apprehension for writers. Thus, our work must fully speak for itself. Once it’s sent out into the world, we cannot explain to readers what we mean by a certain phrase or character decision.
What makes writing beautiful and exciting also terrifies me because of the
With permission from Dr. Eric Maisel, The 97 Best Creativity Tips Ever! (2011) was the inspiration for this post.
Bonnie Snow was an intern with Around the Writer’s Table, working toward a graduate certificate in publishing and editing while in her senior year at Florida State University. She
Gina Edwards is a retreat leader, a certified creativity coach, and a book editor. She is also a writer, so she’s intimately familiar with the challenges and elation that come with being one.
She supports all writers—published and aspiring—who want to write as an act of courageous and necessary self-expression.
Walking the writer’s path hand-in-hand with her clients and students, she helps them establish a writing practice and define a creative life on their own terms.