There are countless obstacles when it comes to reaching any of your dreams, but very specific ones if your dream is becoming a writer. One of my favourite sayings is, “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” And that is especially true of becoming an author. Being a writer, no matter how much of a passion it is, is not always easy. Here are three of the obstacles that I face.
1. Discipline: This is a biggie. Writing takes SO MUCH discipline. The fact of the matter is, for most of us, writing does not pay the bills, therefore we have our 9 to 5, our home, family, etc. to juggle along with our aspirations to write. Many times once we have completed our daily list of “non-writing” tasks the only thing we want is rest, relaxation and sleep. Generating the motivation to nurture your passion by writing daily is half the battle.
2. Self-Doubt: What if I don’t write well? What if people think my story is stupid? What if it gets bad reviews? What if people don’t agree with my story? What if I can’t finish it? All haunting questions that plague writers before we ever sit down to write our first words and continue to plague us routinely. We all have that little voice that works as a reflection of what we perceive as the feelings of the outside world, that voice is doubting us and waiting for us to fail. What I have learned in life is that no matter what you do, there will ALWAYS be some people who don’t like you, who criticize you, who don’t agree with you so as long as that is destined to be the case why not be true to yourself in the process. Some people won’t like your stories and some people will think you’re not the best writer and who cares?
3. Endurance: Writing, especially if you are writing a book is NOT a sprint, it is cross country on the hottest day of the year. It can be tiring, frustrating, difficult and at times it can seem as if the ending will never come into sight, but once you cross the finish line you realize that it was worth the fight. For me, I find the easiest way to keep pushing is to always come back to the beginning and remember why I started writing in the first place. Once I reminisce on why I started, I continue to place one word after the other and know that my work will pay off in the end.
I once heard a quote that I have come to love, “You can only see the obstacles when you take your eyes off the prize.” And while I love the optimism of this quote the fact is that the obstacles are there and the best way to beat them is to know them, know that they will come, prepare for them, and then face them head on. Keep writing.
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