I haven’t done a lot of writing this week. I have, however, done a lot of thinking. Not all of this thinking was good. Actually, a lot of it revolved around those little voices of doubt that like to make an appearance every now and then – usually right when I’m starting to feel good about things.
I’ve been restless. A little bit apathetic. I’ve spent this morning staring aimlessly and feeling a tad jittery … This is different to the general feeling of blegh (and really, that’s the most accurate description I can come up with) I’ve had all week. I’ve had inspiring conversations but when it comes to sitting down and writing I’m left feeling … inadequate. What’s the point? I’m writing crap, drivel, nonsense.
Last night I came home to find a link from my mother with a video clip of an extract from Ira Glass on Storytelling.
Interestingly, I’ve had these words sitting on my computer for a few weeks now, waiting for the right time to actually sit down and read them, not just scan it and think “oh, that’s great, I’ll use that”.
Here they are again:
Wise, wise words. Of course my writing is terrible. It’s supposed to be. And it will be for a while. And that’s OK.
My writing wish for you this week is for you to embrace the faults in your writing. Love them, learn from them, and be brave enough to follow Ira Glass’ very wise advice:
Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.
This post has also been cross-posted at Budding Writer’s League.