After a long break from writing, I finally started to get back into it this year. I decided to rejoin the Insecure Writer’s Support Group to boost my confidence and encourage myself to engage with the writing community. The IWSG post on the first Wednesday of every month.
When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?
Well, I have to admit that this is something I struggle with. In the past, when my writing hasn’t been going so well, I have often thrown in the towel and abandoned a project, thinking that I’m simply not good enough to complete it. However, more recently I’ve been less critical of myself. I read a really helpful book called The INFJ Writer, by Lauren Sapala (review coming soon) that has helped me tackle some of my self-esteem issues.
Now, when I hit a stumbling block, I try one of the following things:
- Re-read something I wrote in the past that I’m proud of
- Remind myself of compliments I’ve received about my writing
- Take a look at my list of ‘reasons to keep writing’. This list includes things like ‘I’m the only person who can tell this story’ and ‘to make those who believe in me proud’.
- Discuss my concerns with a friend or online writing buddy
- Put my project to one side and do something else creative (bake, paint, etc.)
- Read a book of a completely different genre to what I’m working on
- Watch a feel-good film like Singin’ In the Rain to cheer myself up
- Put on some loud music and dance!
Then I come back to my writing and try again. Not every day is going to be a brilliant writing day, but I try to focus on my small victories. I also make self-care a priority these days, so if I’m feeling too ill or stressed to write, I take a break and look after myself, then come back to writing when I’m feeling better.
How do you find the strength to keep writing when you’re going through a rough patch?