I’m back today with another post about writing and tips and tricks you can do in order to improve your writing and improve the way you think of your writing. You can read my post where I introduce the idea and explain it here. You can also read my post on how to overcome and avoid writer’s block here.
I posted the post about writer’s block last Sunday and I thought that I’d try and make this a weekly thing where I post one of these every Sunday. What do you think of that idea? If I run out of ideas for these writing posts then I won’t be doing them every Sunday, but I’ll try and keep the routine up as much as I can.
Now, unto the post! (is unto a word? It sounds all medieval, so possibly?)
One of the most difficult things to overcome when you’re a writer is yourself and how you see your writing. There’s a saying that we’re all our worst critic and I believe that to be true, for writers especially.
I’m not going to try and look like an expert on this topic because I’m not – but I have dealt with self-criticism quite a lot, more than anything else, actually – so I do have an insight on the topic. I’ve also developed a few strategies to doubt yourself less. So here they are!
- Don’t compare yourself to others. When you compare your own writing to the writing of – lets say – J.K. Rowling, you’re never going to be satisfied with yourself. I’ve written paragraphs and then went back and deleted those paragraphs because I compared my writing to those of my favorite authors. This is one of the worst things you could ever do to yourself because there is no way in hell your writing will match up to theirs unedited. It’s just impossible.
- Lower your expectations. We all set high expectations and goals for ourselves as writers and although it’s a great thing to have goals and expectations for ourselves, some of us pressure ourselves too much. You can’t reach every goal and you can’t meet every expectation you set for yourself. Once you ease up a little and stop pressuring yourself to write all the time and to make your writing perfect, self-doubt won’t be as present as it was before.
- Don’t focus on the mistakes. It’s easier said than done to say this and I myself still do this often, but it does help a lot. Just keep reminding yourself that your writing and your book (or whatever you’re writing) is a work in progress. It won’t be perfect the first time you write it.
- Don’t re-read your work too much. Sometimes if you’re in the middle of writing your story or nearly done and you go back and re-read the things you wrote at the beginning you begin to be more harsh on your past self because we all grow as writers and when you read older work of yours you find a lot more mistakes. Re-reading some of my old writing makes me cringe and thus I end up deleting most of it – which is exactly what you shouldn’t do!
A lot of writers don’t have self-esteem when it comes to their writing so successfully conquering the hurdles that we throw at ourselves takes a lot of work. I’m still working on overcoming my self-doubt every time I type out a word.
But by working on even one of the things I mentioned above will help improve the way you see yourself and your writing. Just convincing yourself that you are flawed and your writing is flawed and that it’s perfectly okay to be flawed is a ginormous step in the right direction.
I hope that y’all enjoyed reading this post! Let me know some of the struggles you face the most when writing. Do you struggle with doubting yourself and your writing abilities? Has this post help you try and overcome them? I’d love to know!