We Could Be
"You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing." --Doris Lessing
It took me a while, but eventually I accepted the truth of that advice.
As writers, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we'll never be good enough. Never write as well as our favorite authors. If we follow that path of thought too far, we'll find ourselves accepting an irrational idea as truth. Once you've accepted that idea, well, you'll find all kinds of reasons and excuses why you can't write. I've been there, many times, and even now it's still a struggle.
Maybe you understand the notion and take the time to bang words out, but end up hitting that "wall". You know the one. It goes by many names: writer's block, life, disinterest, etc. You are not alone, my friend. I've been there as well, and even have several unfinished manuscripts to prove it.
The thing is, writing doesn't have to be that way. Ok, so it can be hard, but what I've found to be true for myself is that the writing isn't hard. It's all those other building blocks that lay in wait to trip me up. You know, stuff like plots, character arcs, motivation--ah, motivation. I've read (and am still reading) a number of books that have helped me navigate the murky waters of writing, and now I want to share those tips and tricks with you!