You’re at the point where you really want to do this. You’re going to write as much as you can. You’re going to be an author whose genius is revealed through what you produce.
For about six months you dive voraciously into your work.
Then something happens. Where did all your motivation go? Sapped. The grand idea you once had now seems absurd or insurmountable. It’s not just writer’s block. It’s a lack of motivation to sit down and do work.Continue reading
Over the last several years, my social newsfeeds have been overtaken by memes and motivational quotes. I blame the lifestyle entrepreneur crowd. They seem to spend more time Instagram’ing how much they hustle instead of actually hustling. But hey – who am I to judge?
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good meme or cheeky quote. What I can’t quite wrap my head around is one particular phrase that entrepreneurs, business owners, and writers alike have been standing behind:
“Done is better than perfect.”
Do you ask your boss or colleagues for approval too often? Do you seek the answers from your co-workers, no matter how many times you’ve done the same task? Is the urge to ask for help all too strong?
Perhaps you are a little self-critical or skeptical. Perhaps a little lazy.
Or maybe you’re encumbered by what I call excessive doubt.
While I am still learning to completely overcome self-criticism, I can say this:
“It’s imperative that, every now and again, we drop by to check in with ourselves.”
Unless you’ve managed to keep it a secret, the people closest to you know that you use writing as a tool of expression. Maybe you specialize in poetry, original stories, or articles for niche websites, but the bottom line is you know how to write. You know all the rules to follow and how to break them, and you know how to edit your own work.
If that’s the case, then a friend of yours will inevitably ask you this question: “Can you look over my writing for me?”Continue reading