But: I’m going to do it anyway
If you’re a writer that puts out new content everyday:
- Go to Hell
- Wait teach me your ways before you do
- I don’t believe you really do
- You schedule your post in advance don’t you
Because: nobody always feels great about what they write or writing in itself.
We all have days where we’re not at the top of our game. EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF US.
To be fair I do suffer from multiple personality disorder when it comes to my writing so these moments of self-doubt might be worse for me than others. Nonetheless, putting a pen, pencil, or keyboard to work sometimes seems like an impossible task, at least producing something of quality does. I just don’t always feel like, organizing my ideas, polishing my form, and finalizing my work.
Sometimes I just wanna chill, I wanna watch anime in my boxers, I wanna listen to Rihanna, I wanna read pieces from writers way better than me, and I don’t really feel like hyper-analyzing every last word I write.
Is this at least sometimes true for other writers?
I think it’s safe to say that most writers, artist, and creatives feel this same way most of the time. Let’s take it one step further and say this is true for anyone who is working towards a task they care about day in and day out.
I can guarantee that my mother didn’t always feel like working two or three jobs but put food on the table, but I can say I don’t ever remember her just saying “screw it” and watching her soaps all day. People do it even when they don’t wanna, I think that’s what we like to call “adulting” nowadays.
A lot of the time we love the task at hand (I can’t imagine a world where I wasn’t a writer) but sometimes we just wanna do it for us. Sometimes I wanna write a silly poem about coffee, or write random scenes to screenplays I’ll never finish, or get emotional and write a ballet, or just rant in my journal because:
Writing for me started out therapeutic.
As a professional football player, I can say even athletes at the highest level don’t always feel like going to workouts, meetings, or getting concusions. That bad a** CEO we all envision doesn’t always feel like being the Wolf of Wallstreet. People don’t always feel like going to work, I know my mother didn’t. Parents don’t always feel like answering why the sky is blue and why Johnny can eat candy for breakfast, etc.
The bottom line is, people do what they have to do. Just because you feel this way doesn’t make you any less of a writer, an athlete, a business person, or parent, it just makes you human.
That’s point one. We are all human.
The second point? Stop telling me how you write every day and you love it. Go to Hell.
We publish even if we’re only 90% in — because that 90% took guts and determination. We go to work because we want that promotion. We make tough decisions because we want to be our own boss. We work out because we want to win that game, or maybe we just want to look good naked.
We SHOW UP AND SHOW OUT. No excuses, no exceptions.
Excuses will ruin you.
Excuses are the most common hurdle to success.
We all unfriend that one person on Facebook that consistently complains about their life. We all unfollow that one person that gets on their Instagram story and rants about their life. We make sure we aren’t sitting next to that one toxic coworker who hasn’t moved up in the company for years.
Every morning there are a million reasons not to write but coffee solves most of them. When I’ve finished a piece there are a million reasons not to publish it, but courage solves most of them. I can think of so many reasons not to get out of bed every morning but success and desire allow me to overcome all of them.
The point is we are human and we can make excuses but what I find truly magnificent about the human race is our ability to overcome in spite of tremendous obstacles. We show up, and we show out.
So yea, I hate writing today, but I’m going to love finishing this piece for the world to read.