It’s day eight of NaNoWriMo and I’m at 15000 words right now.
For me this is that part of the month when that fear sets in and my head keeps whispering nasty things to me.
Why are you writing this? It’s bad writing. You are writing outside of your normal genre and it’s crap.
These are the things that my head whispers to me every now and then as I write.
The thing is that the whispers might be true, there is a chance that this is the worst novel I’ve ever written… there is also a chance that it’s the best one, I’m not really a good judge for these things.
Now the thing is that I’m not the only writer plagued by these kinds of thoughts, especially not during NaNoWriMo. It’s a part in the writer’s journey and I fully believe that if you don’t stop to wonder if you’re really qualified to write a story, at least once, then you aren’t doing it right.
That doesn’t mean that we as writers should let the fear keep us from writing. I recently found the most amazing advice on how to deal with this fear and that is this, remember why you started.
To be honest with you, right now I’m not too happy with myself. I don’t feel I did good with my exams this year, my blog’s stat’s are rather pathetic these days and I can’t seem to get into the holiday mood at all, meaning that I’m still stressed, despite the fact that there is nothing to be stressed about.
So I consider that advice I just mention.
Remember why you started.
It seems so easy, after all many of us have good reasons for why we do things, but for some reason my initial reaction to the advice was confusion. I have been working really hard on a lot of things… but it’s been so long since I started them that I couldn’t remember why I started.
So I sat down and I created a list of reasons to write. (If you are also a writer this might help inspire you)
Reasons to write
• I genuinely love it.
• You can use writing to connect people and make them understand.
• Writing has meditative qualities and helps me relax
• My writing has the chance to affect someone’s life one day.
• I love connecting strings
• I adore my own characters.
• Writing has put amazing people in my life.
• Writing is the still my passion even if I’m tired.
• I absolutely love learning new things about writing and then teaching it to others.
• Writing helps me work out some junk in my heart.
Those are my reasons for writing and I with that I’m encouraged to keep writing.
Now tell me why do you write? Do you sometimes feel you need motivation?
All comments welcome!