Tag: writing mindset

Break Out of Your Rut with Experimentation

Posted October 17, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Break Out of Your Rut with Experimentation

Ever had a writing rut? Blogging rut? A life rut? It happens to the best of us. Me. You. But whenever you land headfirst in a rut, how do you react? …do you even react? Hint: whining and complaining (and even blaming) isn’t what I’m talking about. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, […]

Chasing Perfection Is the Stupidest Writing Decision

Posted September 19, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Chasing Perfection Is the Stupidest Writing Decision

You’re not perfect But who cares? Life isn’t perfect. You aren’t perfect. Your writing isn’t perfect. And attempting to achieve perfection is holding you back. Perhaps it’s even preventing you from starting your masterpiece. Perfectionism says, “If this isn’t perfect, no one will like it.” It whispers, “This is terrible. What are you even doing?” It […]

Your First Draft Sucks

Posted August 8, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Your First Draft Sucks

When I took my college-level English course, my professor had us read Shitty First Drafts (from Bird by Bird) by Anne Lamott. The point? Your first draft is supposed to be shitty. It was something I understood on an intellectual level, but never applied to myself. In fact, I have a long history of snubbing […]

Step Away from Writing and Take a Break

Posted June 13, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Step Away from Writing and Take a Break

Ever had one of those days where you feel like you’re doing everything wrong and you suck at life? They’re awful. When it comes to writing, these moods get me nowhere. Rather than writing, I’ll sit at my computer checking my email, interacting on social media, and poking around my blogs. And thinking about how […]