10 Ways to Feel Good about Your Writing

Admit it. There are few things as intimidating as the blinding white of a blank page.

It makes no difference if it’s an empty sheet lying on your desk, or a blank screen aiming between your eyes. Defeating “nothing” by subjecting it to “something” with our words is what gives a writer breath.

Whether to pay our bills or please our muse, eventually words must spill. Here are ten ways to help plow past this nagging feeling of insecurity and feel good about your words.

1. Appreciate your unique perspective.

No one sees the world exactly like you, and no one can articulate it in quite the same way. The oldest stories are told and then retold, not because they invent new things to say, but because inside a timeless message, each storyteller may weave a million individual moments.

2. Writing is conversation.

The more we speak, the more we understand the basics. Writing is no different. Most of the time, our brains operate on the surface, doing only what must be done. We may adopt the push and pull of conversation to push our voice further. Writing, much like a good discussion, can help us dig a little deeper.

3. Allow your influences to shape your voice, not drown it.

Creativity is borrowed.

“Creatio ex nihilo” is a myth.

All that information we absorb becomes inspiration that lives inside us, and our subconscious never forgets. We need not consciously copy our heroes, their hand is always there to guide us.

4. Believe.

You can do it! Fear is a set of handcuffs, keeping our fingers from flight. If you don’t believe in yourself, then no one else will either.

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25 thoughts on “10 Ways to Feel Good about Your Writing

  1. I agree! It is too easy to worry about writing the right words. You must get it out on paper and then read it back afterwards, and/or get someone else to read it once the first draft is complete. Commas and semi-colons are important, but they are the cracks between the bricks that can be filled later on. Just get on with it!

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  2. I agree! I worried for a long time about not having a lot of readers, and that I wanted to please them. Now, I write for myself, and I’m amazed that I have over 600 followers and far more traffic than I ever imagined. I’m currently finishing the first draft of the novel I started in 2012, and I can’t wait to see what happens with that!

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  3. I usually write the worst thing I can first, that way no matter what I do It’s better than that first paragraph which I always delete after.
    As you can imagine it oftenjust characters dying in unusual ways or doing something really out of character.

    ECHO ECHO

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