In All Things…

It’s always odd when I tell my writing tribe to be grateful for the doubts one has while being creative. As I said before: the doubts are a gut-check. They keep you honest! They remind you to respect your craft and keep you working at it.

It inspires discipline

It inspires learning.

It inspires building your toolkit!

With whatever you write, I want you to know the doubt is something to be thankful for–that part right before you begin.

That part RIGHTTHERE? Yeah. That’s always the scariest part. Will always be the scariest part.

But you begin so you can see how it ends.

You must see how it ends.

The doubt comes so you can listen to what the story has to say, not necessarily to what people/fans/agents/tribe want you to write. Stephen King says the story will reveal itself–you have to chisel it out of the rock of imagination.

The rock is always waiting.

Don’t be afraid to pick up the chisel.

What Are You Afraid Of?

Picture it.

You. Blank pages. Full pens. Battery? 100%

You have all these lovely, deviant, dark, horrifying, sexy, funny ideas in you head. Yet…you doubt if you can write them down.

Where did all that faith go?

Where did all that passion fall to?

Where is your motivation?

First, don’t panic.

Second, ignore it.

You heard what I said. Ignore the doubt. You do this by writing anyway. This is the mystery of writing! You have to be willing to be two things:

  1. Available
  2. Okay with being uncomfortable

As a writer, you need to be okay with being uncomfortable. One of my writing/snark heroes is the incredible Luvvie Ajai. She was hesitant in embracing the title of writer as well. It can be heavy; there are certain connotations that come along with it. There are demands, expectations, joys unprecedented–but doubts that you may have never known.

So, when I ask you the question, what are you afraid of? I have asked myself the same thing. With every new project. With every Work In Progress. On every blog post. On every thing I write.

Herein lies the rub: not every writer has the same doubts. Or will have the same way of dispelling them. However, the doubt as I said earlier this month, keeps you humble. It keeps you working at your craft. It keeps you learning–it is never to paralyze you.

Don’t let the doubt paralyze you.

What is in you head, can be pushed through your hands.

You can do it.

Write.