There are signs all around us telling us that writing is a struggle. Writer’s Block, Resistance, the push to join writing groups/get accountability partners, etc. Everything seems to point to the fact that writing is difficult, but is it?
The short answer is no, it isn’t.
You might be saying to yourself, “Wait a minute, Rebecca. Are you crazy? Of course writing is hard. That’s why I can’t get myself to sit at my desk and push out a novel every month. It’s why I’m still not on the bestsellers lists. It’s why I’m following you in the first place.”
And, you aren’t wrong.
But how the heck can writing not be hard and yet you’re still right in thinking that it is?
It’s all about mindset.
What I mean by that is this: our minds control our perception of the world. What we think affects what we experience and how. So, if we perpetually tell ourselves we’re tired and can’t wake up until that first cup of coffee, guess what? We’re going to need that coffee to function.
Do you remember that there was a time in your life when you used to wake up energized and ready to go before coffee? As hard as it might be to believe, you used to do it. Somewhere along the way, your inner voice started telling you that you needed coffee (or tea, in my case) in order to have the energy to even start your day. Not to mention the three cups you drink throughout.
Do you want to be a professional writer?
Your goals might not be to make a living with your writing. Maybe you only want to write a book before you die. Or you want to write a few, but you don’t want to give up your day job. Whatever the case, what you tell yourself about your writing is what you believe. It affects your perception of your writing world and how you approach your stories.
For example, when you say, “writing is hard,” or, “I have writer’s block,” over and over on repeat, what you’re really telling yourself is that you don’t want to write. You’re making yourself believe that writing is hard and that you have to struggle to get the words on the page. Trust me, I’ve done this.
I’m not asking you to become a New Age guru, to attend retreats and get a life coach (although I don’t think that’s a bad idea). What I’m saying is that you should monitor your thoughts and your words. Choose what you say and think carefully.
Stop and think before you say something. If the thought crosses your mind, stop and say the opposite.
Instead of repeating the same old phrases about how difficult writing is before you “sit at your desk and bleed” every day, try this affirmation instead: Writing is a fun way to problem solve and express myself creatively. I write every day and I love it (click to tweet).
Feel free to use this strategy in other areas of your life.