You’d think that I’m for misery and pain. I’m not here to express sympathy to myself and other writers for feeling this way. In fact, I’m agitated that we do this to ourselves every minute of our lives, for as long as we function as word stitchers. The feeling of angst isn’t enough that we make ourselves, intentionally, take a bite of the poisonous apple when we know it’s bound to kill us all.
The known perception of a writer is tied up to terms like pain, torment, madness, and sometimes even obsessiveness. Why? Why does the artist have to always be the tortured artist in order to write? It’s time I brought to light the 5 trivial ways writers stress themselves out. If I had the solution, that would be my opening line, but unfortunately, I don’t. As a writer, these are my personal possessions that I will carry with me forever.
Some may have an obvious solution, in reality, all do but as writers, you’d expect us to follow them, right? Wrong! We don’t. We add finishing touches to our misery and here are the 5 ways we do them.
Setting Way Too Many Unrealistic Goals
It’s almost as if we don’t want to achieve them, from the very beginning.
Working With Too Many Ideas At Once
So many ideas, so little time.
Overthinking New Ideas Until They’re Completely Beat
“I’m rethinking what I thought about the idea I thought about last night.”
Measuring Amount Of Work Done To Self-Worth
We can’t accept the possibility of a “tomorrow”. If nothing happens today, it never will.
Creating Ill-Timed And Lopsided Writing Conditions
Pieces by pieces, we write. Brainstorming on our way to work in the morning and writing a new piece while lunching.
How many of these do you resonate with? And what do you do to take your mind off of it?
Being a writer doesn’t have to be a painful thing, not most of the time anyway. Let’s put a final end to this misery and practice what we chose to preach. Something being hard is as important as it being easy, we just have to learn to deal with it. If we keep ourselves bogged down with such boondoggle, we won’t ever improve as writers. Even though these thoughts will always remain with me, I write, read, and converse with the universe persistently, to get a productive day out. Nothing is worse than not dealing with the stress you’ve caused for yourself. And despite all my efforts, I’ll always be a victim to these self-made thoughts, but I strive to improve my writing by learning something about something, forever.