Famous writers talk about writing through resistance and writer’s block. | Mary Duncan

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Let’s face it. As creatives, we sometimes get stuck.

We don’t write.

Even when we should, even when there’s no excuse not to, we don’t write because we’re held back by fear, self-doubt, lack of motivation, or a hundred other things. .

“I spent years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something, you can be judged.
Erica Jong

You still want to write.

So the first thing to do is get started.

It doesn’t matter how you start.

“And if you want to be a writer, you really have to be a writer. You have to throw yourself into it and deal with the negative consequences of it. And there are negative consequences. I mean, there are. But, it’s also true that you wouldn’t have interviewed me right now if I had worked at the post office.
— Lost Cheryl

Grab a pen and start doodling in a notebook. Open a new page in Word and start fleshing out the story idea that’s been brewing for months. Open Medium and click on “New Story” to see what kind of magic happens.

Just start.

In the beginning, it doesn’t matter if what you produce is crap. What matters is that you turn on the tap and start creating.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water won’t come out until the tap is turned on.
—Louis L’Amour

Some people won’t like your handwriting

Some people won’t pay attention at all, which is its own kind of hell.

Others will hate your work and tell you about it, but you should ignore them and keep writing anyway.

If you’re a fiction or poetry writer trying to get published, you may face constant rejection from agents and publishers along your journey. You need to be able to hold on and keep submitting your work.

If you write here on Medium, there will be days when you have low engagement and even negative engagement. Do you know what you have to do?

You have to keep writing anyway.

You must completely and unapologetically embrace the writer that you are and tell the stories you’ve been made to tell – no matter how scary or difficult they are.

“Oh my God, what if you wake up one day, and you’re 65 or 75, and you’ve never written your memoir or your novel; or you haven’t been swimming in hot pools and oceans all these years because your thighs were moving and you had a nice big comfy belly; or were you so attached to perfectionism and people’s pleasure that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical stupidity and to stare into the void like when you were a child? It will break your heart. Don’t let that happen. Repenting simply means changing direction – and not being told by someone waving their index finger at you. Repentance is a blessing. Pick a new direction, one you wouldn’t want to end up in, and aim for it. Shoot the moon.”
—Anne Lamott

Don’t let fear keep you from achieving your writing dreams

It will be the biggest regret of your life.

I’m filled with regrets that I missed just a month of writing. I can’t imagine letting this fear continue to hold me in its grip and away from what I want to do the most.

So I will still write

We will write anyway.

“And we all get bogged down in bullshit, personality quirks, personality disorders (ours and others), jealousy, disappointment, blockages, financial struggle, our egos, I do. also i do too but if you don’t remember it’s all about work and nothing else so i can’t help you and you can’t help yourself and you will lose I promise you . You are going to lose.”
—Jami Attenberg

It doesn’t matter what you produce, as long as you write something

A journal entry.

A poem.

An article or a chapter of your novel.

“The first two, three, four weeks are lost. I just show up in front of the computer. Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse appears too. If she doesn’t show up invited, she ends up showing up.
—Isabel Allende

Just do the work. Prioritize it.

If you want it as much as you say, get all the other bullshit out of your mind and make it the most important thing in your life.

“Forget about inspiration first. Habit is more reliable. Habit will sustain you whether you are inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration no. Habit is perseverance in practice.
— Octavia Butler

Keep writing, even when it’s not going well, even when it’s shit, even when it takes your soul.

I write every day on 750words.com and I haven’t broken my streak in over 518 days.

I introduce myself every day keep my diary, and it has become an extremely important part of my life.

It cleared my head, helped relieve my depression and anxiety, produced great articles, and held me accountable.

You have to show up and write even if you don’t feel like it

“Take him down. Take risks. It may be bad, but it’s the only way to do something really good.
William Faulkner

Let go of the idea of ​​perfection and stop being precious with your writing.

Your first drafts will not be perfect. That’s okay – they’re not meant to be. Write it anyway, nurture it and correct it, then give it to the world.

Don’t let your idea of ​​having to do it right the first time scare you away from getting started and writing at all, as I have done many times in the past.

A professional writer is an amateur who hasn’t given up.
Richard Bach

Don’t give up, writers

You are going to experience hard times, crises, blocks and creative battles that seem insurmountable, but if you keep writing anyway, you will get through it.

Because you are a writer and you have no other choice in the matter.

You still write.