You’ve probably realized that some days writing becomes and intense mental battle that makes you feel like Smeagol/Gollum. Which makes you question your sanity (Don’t call us crazy, precious!). It goes a little something like this:
Sound familiar? We’ve all been there.–it’s a struggle all writers face.
Writing is a frustrating process because your story often sounds better in your heads, and the words you use to try to capture it on paper doesn’t quite do it justice. The struggle is real. But don’t despair–it’s normal to hate your work.
Some days you may feel so disgusted with your writing that you will be tempted to give up. You may feel like you can’t write at all, that you’ll never be any good, and you’re just wasting your time.
“Wait, what?” you say.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: hating your writing is a good thing!
At this point you’re probably thinking I’m few bolts short of a sonic screwdriver, but hear me out. Hating your writing shows that you can view your work critically, which is an important skill for a writer. If you are in love with your writing you will never see its flaws and never strive for improvement. What is it they say about love being blind?
The trick is to force yourself to keep writing through your self-doubt even when you feel like every word is total crap (And chances are it’s not as craptastic as you think). Being able to push through and continue to produce stories will help you build confidence in your abilities.
Never be ashamed of anything you write. It is evidence that you are trying, that you are practicing and learning. Even if it’s awful, it will never be a waste of time because you are gaining experience as an artist. You are figuring out what works and what doesn’t. You are learning a craft, and it will take time to produce a masterpiece.
Advice from the Quills:
Every writer—even the greats like Tolkien and J.K. Rowling—has hated their writing at some point. Perseverance is what separates writers from published authors.
The fact is, you are going to write a lot of crap. But writing the crap will give you the experience you need to start writing amazing stories—so keep going and never give up!
What makes you keep going when you hate your writing?
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