Today I posted in a group that I am active in on Facebook the following Ray Bradbury quote, “You fail, only if you stop writing.” It was scheduled days before, but it seems to be a right on time reminder to “Just Keep Writing.”
I’m working through my revisions with a deadline looming. This is my bit of wrestling with myself before the words come. What’s going on with me right now? I’m staring down the barrel of a deadline. The house needs to be scoured, and I still need to make time for my courses in marketing. I’m at the moment wondering how it’s all going to work. Will I get this book done long before this upcoming January 31st? I need time to flip through, listen to, and add my points of discovery. I feel like the more I tackle writing, the less I have an actual functional consistent process. What am I aiming to do at the moment? Between now and 3:30 PM, get through five or six chapters of revision and rewrite. After a meeting, get through another six chapters, if that’s even possible. Again, I’m still learning my possible. That’s another thing in and of itself. I have the potential of producing 2500 to 5000 words in a sitting, but I lack the focus and sometimes the story isn’t all that clear to me when I write. I’m thinking instead of writing, which hinders the process. Not sure if that makes sense.
This is my truth at the moment.
I am writing.
I am a writer.
I am good, but I still have a lot of growth ahead of me.
This is me overcoming imposter syndrome. Now, I write.
My personal goals seem crazy and impossible, but this is why I do it. If I don’t, my page remains blank, and I produce no words. I need something to fight for and work through. I’m learning my limits.
Does anyone else go through this? How do you handle your moments of self-doubt as a writer?