Dealing with Writing Anxiety

Ask any creative and they’ll tell you about the anxiety that goes with projects. Imposter syndrome can wreck havoc on the creative process and make you feel blocked.

My cat, Shadow Moon, on my desk, causing me anxiety.

With writing anxiety you have two choices. One: work through it. Or two: walk away. Yesterday I walked away.

I would usually say that you should write through it. Just persevere, but in this case I needed an out.

I was antsy. Panicky. My cat wouldn’t leave me alone and I needed to get words down. Sometimes you have to give in, and that’s ok. The book will be there when you get back.

Today, I found my words. The well was full. Other days I struggle, but what I don’t do is give up.

Writing is a bunch of ups and downs. It’s a struggle. You can’t wait for your muse to get off their ass but you shouldn’t push yourself until you’re burnt out. It’s a balancing act.

Write what you can and the words add up. Pretty soon you’ll have a book then a series. Ultimately you’ll be sipping cocktails in Hawaii in your vacation home… Or at least coffee at a Starbucks. It’s the little things.

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