Let me quote the almighty Chuck Wendig on whether you’re doing writing wrong:
If you talk, tweet, think or write about writing more than you actually write: doin’ it wrong.
What are YOUR excuses for not writing?
The ones I hear the most go like this: I would, but…
…I don’t write very well
…I don’t know how to write a book
…I don’t have time
…I don’t know if I have anything worthwhile to say
…I don’t know if anyone would read it
…I’m not ready
And it’s all a load of BS
We tell ourselves these excuses because we’re afraid. Because we let our insecurities win. Because we don’t want to fail.
But you need to practice to improve. No one pops into this world as an excellent writer. You have to keep writing to hone your skills. You have to devote time to writing, no matter how “busy” you are. You have to stop thinking about writing and stop talking about writing. You have to actually write.
You have to WRITE
It’s easy to continue believing our excuses when we’re on our own. We don’t even see them as excuses—we see them as legitimate reasons we can’t write. But if you really want to write, the only person stopping you is YOU.
If writing is something you truly want to do, take a moment to address your excuses. These are your stumbling blocks, the reasons you’ll stop yourself from writing. Then come up with ways to beat those excuses.
And if you need help, I’ll call you out on your excuses. If you want to write, let’s write. It’s time to follow your dream and leave the excuses behind. That’s precisely why I created The Writing Sidekick. You’re more likely to write if you have the support and accountability of other writers.
Are you ready to write?
Thanks to Nicole from Life Less Bullshit for posting about the importance of changing up your routine and inspiring me to talk about writing excuses.