My biggest writing hurdle has always been consistency. I get “inspired” to write for a few days, or weeks, then lose my motivation just as quickly, and avoid the blank screen for months, even years.
The longer I stay away, the harder it is to get back. I’ve abandoned plenty of half-written blog posts, and filled dozens of notebooks with my private handwritten ramblings, but my blogging has remained at a standstill for over a year.
Why does this happen?
Anyone who’s ever embarked on a creative endeavor knows the paralyzing fears and self-doubt that plague
most all creators. In The War Of Art, Steven Pressfield even gave them a name: RESISTANCE.
The voices in our head are rarely positive or encouraging, and we believe the cruel lies they tell us. Our inner critic feeds our fears and tears us down until it’s easier to just give up than to create.
So what am I gonna do about it?
One of my strongest beliefs about developing good habits is that making small, incremental changes is far more effective for producing permanent results than big, drastic, all-or-nothing efforts. To quote one of Gretchen Rubin’s Secrets of Adulthood:
Slow and steady really does win the race. This approach has helped me manage my finances, health, and home for years, so why not apply it to my writing?
That’s it! I will steadily chip away at my fears / writer’s block / RESISTANCE by writing at least 100 words every day for the remainder of 2018. A hundred words isn’t too intimidating or time-consuming. They don’t have to be perfect. They just have to be written.
Honest words. My words.
I will dig my way out of this deep, dark hole — ONE WORD AT A TIME.
And if you find yourself languishing in the same hole, I hope you’ll start digging too.