Writing insecurity: stop stressing and just WRITE (then stress later)

So this post is a bit personal, and I know this isn’t the first time I’ve deal with this topic. Still, I’ve been dealing with it again lately. I have a surprise for y’all next week, actually, so this ties into that a little.

Lately I’ve been worried that my writing sucks. I mean, I’ve felt that my writing is the crap of the crap, worst than even the worst books that everyone hates. What happened was that I pressured myself so hard that writing became such a displeasure that it took forever to do anything.

Then I noticed that my side projects were getting done more quickly — and I felt the writing was better. This wasn’t necessarily true, but I realized that I spent less time during the writing stressing about how people will hate it or think I suck for self-publishing or anything like that.

So I’m going to try and just write the story I feel is in me. If a reader thinks I suck as a writer and self-publishing is beyond retarded, whatever, I’ll stress about all my concerns that after the story is done, on the computer and saved and edited.

I’m also going to try something else. I’m going to stop worrying about things I can’t control. If a reader doesn’t like me as a writer simply because I self-publish (which honestly hasn’t happened to me yet, it’s just a big anxiety of mine), then I can’t do anything about that. If a person thinks my writing is crap and I’ve done everything in my power (at my current level; I’m constantly trying to grow as writer, and that will never change), then I can’t do anything to change their mind — and I shouldn’t want or try to. I’m just not that person’s cup of tea.

With any luck, this mindset just might kick in! Maybe then I’ll get some stress-free work in.

How do you handle insecurities while writing?

4 thoughts on “Writing insecurity: stop stressing and just WRITE (then stress later)

    • Thanks! It’s been hard. Lately, I’ve been really struggling with this. It’s funny, the day I wrote this I had one of the worst anxiety moments in months. Just goes to show that it takes work to try and get out of insecure mindsets.

  1. All the best writers think their work sucks! Thinking your writing sucks is Step 1 to going from being a good writer to being a great one! It means you are self-aware of your work (and that, alone, puts you wa-a-a-a-a-y up in the writing league tables).

    Why do writers think their stuff sucks? Because the emotional response they have in their head isn’t quite down on paper, and the drive to get it there is what turns good writing into really great writing! As Hemingway said, you sit down at the typewriter and bleed.

    What’s more, writing for yourself is one of the keys to getting there. Paradoxically, the fact is that if you write to your own standards and satisfaction it’s going to imbue what you do with a real level of genuine emotion – and that WILL pull readers in.

    All good stuff & thanks for sharing!

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