What Makes You Think You Want to Be a Writer?
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Is your mind filled with doubt and confusion?
No need to explain. From these simple symptoms, I’ll assume you’re a writer.
While a noble pursuit, it seems there are a few realities of life that must be dealt with if we’re considering spending a great deal of our lives engaged in the profession.
And facing the questions, concerns, and anxiety of whether or not we’re any good — much less have what it takes to become successful — ranks high on the list.
I’m still in the process of creating a work-around.
For the moment, I’m trying to figure out a few ways to calm my restless mind and use all that energy to produce work I can be proud of.
Here’s a short excerpt from Please God, Make Me a Writer that may give you a little insight and, hopefully, enough confidence to keep your dream alive — if only to determine if writing is the right path for you.
Not Sure You Want to Be a Writer?
There’s no getting around it.
Writers are an eclectic group of optimistic creatives, enthusiastic souls, and incessant doubters. And it’s that last trait that keeps many of us awake at night questioning our chosen path.
On those days when our stories reach a dead-end, or our characters have nothing else to talk about, or we receive another handful of rejections, it’s tempting to give it all up and apply for a cashier’s job at Home Depot.
But before you cut your dream loose, it may be time to take a step back and do a personal assessment.
Because you’re not alone in the often confusing and occasionally disappointing journey of writing.
On more days than I care to count, I’ve noticed my mind slipping into an unpleasant, negative mood — not the ideal mental environment for writing unless the article, story, or book slants toward the dark and dismal.
In an effort to break my dreary emotional state, I’ll try all the usual tricks — exercising, cleaning the house, trimming the bushes, and walking around the block in endless circles.
But last week, nothing was working, and I finally decided to face the truth — head-on.
What made me think I have what it takes to be a writer?
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Jill Reid is the author of Please God, Make Me A Writer, Real Life, Discover Your Personal Truth, and Life in Small Doses. Her books, videos, and newsletters explore writing, life, relationships, and personal success strategies for building the skills and confidence you need to achieve your dreams.
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