Writers are often perceived to be elusive and dreamy folks lost in their creative worlds, where they concoct words to create some amazing true-to-real-life characters that remain in our hearts. But often writers digress from their writing or not write at all. What keeps them aloof from their writing? What makes writers stall their writing for a while?
1. Inner demons
Everybody, be it a writer or somebody else, has to battle with their inner demons that reside in their hearts. These demons hammer your head with negative words like “don’t” or can’t.” In other words, these inner demons may try to distract you from what you want to do: writing. This tears you away from the job at hand, and you tend to postpone your writing. If this is what is happening to you, then say a stern no to those demons and keep them at a distance. How do you do it? Stay glued to your pen and paper no matter what!
2. Lame excuses
We are all good at cooking excuses. So if you are a writer, don’t keep saying “I don’t have time to write.” That is probably the lamest excuse that you can come up with. All of us have 24 hours in a day. Within those 24 hours, you can easily schedule and prioritize your work so that your first priority becomes writing. Take that pen and continue writing.
3. The wait
Sometimes, writers think the best time or the “right time” is yet to come. This means you keep postponing your writing until it is the right time. So you tend to wait for the weather to improve or for your finances to improve. The right time for you is now. Let your mind not play tricks with you. Start writing.
4. Others’ perception
We live in a society. If you keep thinking what other people are going to think about what you are going to do, then you will continue to think! Let them think what they have to think. You may be thought as foolish or you may be the butt of a joke for many. None of this actually matters. It is your life and writing is your passion. Years from now, what do you think will make you smile? Obviously, you would be happy to have accomplished what your heart yearned for: writing. J.K Rowling didn’t become a hit one fine day. She had no money and was divorced. Her lucky break came when Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury agreed to publish her book. The series later sold 450 million copies and made her a billionaire!
5. False beliefs
You may be in your thirties and may think that it is too late for you to start writing. Age is just a figure, and it shouldn’t actually matter. Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken was 66 when he began to promote his style of cooking and became a big hit among fast-food lovers. You probably think it is too late because you grew up believing that if you need to achieve anything in life, then you should figure it out before you reach 30, 40 or 50 years. You feel you will have fewer opportunities when you grow older. This is simply not true.
Finally, remember you have one life. Take control of your life now and do what your heart yearns to do.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://writingtipsoasis.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Smitha-Abraham.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]I’m Smitha Abraham. I love traveling in my flights of imagination and use these flights to craft short stories and poetry. I am a budding writer from India. My passions are reading, creative writing, listening to music, learning new languages, meeting new people, getting acquainted with different cultures and traveling. Authors like Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, genres like magic realism, historical romance, and writing styles that are imaginative and flow effortlessly fascinate me. I love to unwind with a book curled up on a sofa or by gazing at the stars by the sea shore. I am a nature lover and spending time admiring the sunset and sunrise is relaxing for me.[/author_info] [/author]