I talk a lot about practising your craft, and that’s because it’s true; by writing, we become better writers.
When you look back over some of the older pieces you have written, you’ll be able to see how much you’ve improved, which makes all of the time and energy you have spent trying to be a better writer worth it.
However, writing is hard and no matter how much you practice, sometimes it can feel as though you’re treading water, and that your skill level is not increasing at all.
During those times, you may well feel as though writing is a worthless endeavour, and that you’re wasting your time, but in actual fact, you have probably just wandered into a minefield of self-doubt, and there’s not a writer out there who hasn’t been where you are.
It can be incredibly frustrating when that voice in your head pipes up and tells you that you’re rubbish and that you obviously can’t write anything worthwhile, because, having practised so much, you’d have done it already.
The trick is to just keep on working.
Don’t get me wrong, it can be tough to ignore your inner doubter, and it’s a constant struggle for some, but it is definitely worth persevering regardless of what that voice tells you.
Writing can be lots of hard work but it’s all worth it, and with practice (there’s that word again), and a little patience, you can learn to quieten that self-doubting voice, if not block it out entirely.
No matter what, don’t give up. Keep writing because the payoff when you do start to see your yourself improving is incredible. Almost nothing can beat the feeling of things beginning to fall into place and the ‘ah ha!’ moments that start to come more and more often.
As always, thank you very much for spending your time reading my words, I do appreciate it!
Until next time,