What is writing? Certainly, it’s not an easy task. Also, many are under the impression that if you’re not writing an academic article or paper, that you’re just writing for fun. While that may be true in many cases, writing a book, a poem, a short story or the like can be tedious. For instance, creative writing isn’t as easy as it seems. It’s not impossible, but it’s not easy. You have to create a world that has to make sense. The writing itself, depending on the genre, contains so many rules. Some rules you can break, but others can tarnish your writing.
This brings me to my writing. If you follow me, you probably already know that I am writing a book. I have to admit the idea, to me, is crazy. I do feel many fears as I write it. But I’d like to write more details about my process when I am done with the book.
For now, I’m going through a roller coaster. I feel motivated and positive, and then I feel very doubtful about it. However, I’ve learned one thing about motivation, it doesn’t last. We can’t rely on our first initial love. What I mean is that we have to persevere and accept the responsibility to continue on even when we want to give up. Otherwise, we will keep starting over and over and never achieving success in anything that we do.
We can’t truly craft the art when we feel, “this isn’t good enough,” and then give up. When something isn’t good, we have two things to consider: One, we are our worst critics. Two, if it really isn’t as great, then work harder. Dedicate more time to your craft. Everything takes time.
So yes, I do want to give up at times. But I will not stop because I owe it to myself. I feel the same way about my exercise routine. The mind and body are similar in many ways, except the mind can take you from point A to B because your body is ready to give up when it reaches its limits. The mind takes over after your body feels tired. But, when the mind is tired, the body has to take over to give oxygen to your brain. It’s a nice combination. And of course, there are many other ways to give your mind a break.
What is your definition of writing? And or what are you writing? What have you written? Any suggestions for the rest of us? Post below. Thank you, and have a great day.
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