This topic for this week’s Encouragement Pages really spoke to me. Look for this to be an expounded on topic later on. -JBHarris
Make no mistake, you are human. Writing is a superpower, but you have to be able to rest as well (the rest after a full day of writing is a gift, let me tell you!). What I want you to remember is it is not the time you wrestle against, it is the hindrances to your own imagination.
If you have a day where you cannot write because you are physically tired, or due to the demands of the day, that is fine. By all means, rest!
What I am saying is when you are attempting to write about a specific topic or in a specific genre, and feel that you don’t have the ability to–this is what I want you to examine, dear one.
You do that by asking these three questions:
1.) What am I scared to say?
2.) What makes it scary to say?
3.) What is stopping me from saying what I believe needs to be said?
If you can answer these, they become the key to unlocking the can’t. Take this key, unlock your imagination, and write.
The words will never just appear out of the ether. You have to chase them. You may have to fight for them. You may even have to chase their shadows from dreams you have. But be relentless, dear Oracles.
The words are there–but you may have to reach a little longer or further to get them.
This is something I am so sensitive about speaking of! I pride myself on being an encourager, and something of a writing midwife–a writer’s writer if you will. So, when the topic of discouragement comes up? I get really defensive and angry. I want to chase it out of the lives of writers because it is a cancer on and towards all creativity. It’s a block of the worst sort!
But, I have to talk about it. Even if it is begrugingly.
Discouragement is the opposite of encouragement. This you know. With that antonym in mind, discouragement is the thing that strangles your heart, determined to kill everything in it! This type of hindrance is heart-breaking. It often doesn’t come from any internal voice most times! It may be in the form of the people whom love you, but tell you to forsake writing. Whom may tell you they can’t or won’t support you ‘because what you’re doing isn’t special.’ Let’s not even talk about your own doubts, fears and inhibitions! A working writer has enough going on internally as we work –we don’t needed the added stress of other people telling us, discouraging us, from what we are already scared to do!
Discouragement can be project-specific or cyclic. You must be aware of this. You have to be able to notice what causes this, and what uproots or defuses it! In recognizing this, in finding out the direction and reason behind the discouragement you can begin to combat it! Whether this means to start writing in a specific area, or on a specific day, or you just keep all your writing to yourself to share with a select group of people–do what makes you comfortable and happy.
Eff the naysayers!
This is your talent, your time and your life–be bold!
Even work you delay is written one word at a time.
In finding the bravery to keep going to complete your work, understand the doubts will come. They will try and root. They will whisper to you. They will discourage you. But have courage, fellow oracle. Have courage!
Continue the work. Finish the work–one word at a time.
You are creating worlds, people and scenarios! Why would the process of creation be easy? Why would that process be easy? For some, it is easy! But sometimes that journey back to creativity and creation of the worlds in your head take detours. There are road blocks. There are apprehensions! But as a writer, they may always come–like the tides.
The thing you will learn is how to push back with the waves come to overtake. The thing that pushes the waves back the quickest–a pen.
Sometimes the peace of mind in which you need to write has to be fought for. It has to be snatched from the trifecta of doubt, self-rejection and distraction. You have to be able to write when the world is–can be–soft or loud.
Writing, writing daily, is a decision that requires discipline and mild suffering. This type of suffering is seen when you decide to forgo that which is comfortable to do something else needed and necessary.
Take the time to write–and take it by force. Do not let the dragons–or their roars–win.