Getting past the anxiety of writing.
Writing awakens your insecurities.
Writing is a solitary activity. Other people aren’t going to constantly validate or demean your writing. People need that to stay in the game.
Without feedback your insecurities have free rein.
It’s like how you imagine seeing shapes or colors with your eyes closed. There’s nothing there, but something appears. That apparition is from the lack of sensory perception. There’s nothing to see except interference.
Getting feedback from another person or even yourself helps.
Reading over what you’ve written opens your eyes to what’s really there.
In a vacuum of perception, your fears, anxieties and insecurities take over.
1. Before sitting down to write.
Follow your routine.
2. In the process of writing.
Read something you’ve written before that you know is good. Truth scares away anxiety.
3. After you’re done writing.
Ask someone you trust to read it and give you feedback. Don’t be blind to your successes or your improvement.
Perfection doesn’t exist.
Striving for perfection leaves you stranded.
Too scared to try or too scared to move on to something else that could work better.
The goal here is improvement.
Improving is growth. That’s all you want.
Unattainable goals like perfection sap away your motivation.
No matter how hard I try, my goal doesn’t get closer, so why should I even try.
Something achievable keeps you coming back each day.
Coming back day after day and putting in the work separates a great writer from a writer lost in the crowd.