I hate writing, but like having written

Does it feel like that for you? Most of the time this is because of your anxiety about writing, about it being good enough, about being able to get what’s in your head down onto the page in a way that makes you satisfied with it.

A lot of writers think that they’re too “lazy” or that they “just don’t have it in them.” In my experience, that’s not true. It has nothing to do with laziness or with lack of skill. It’s that you care so much about your writing that you keep thinking waiting until later is going to help. When you’re better at writing, wiser at life, and have more time.

Trust me when I say it’s not going to get easier to write. Next week, next month, next year. Not unless you recognize and learn to deal with your anxiety.

Some simple steps to help you write:

  1. Make small, easily achievable, daily goals.
  2. Do not let yourself fool around on the internet during writing time.
  3. Find someone who will help you be accountable for your goals.
  4. Talk back to the voice in your head that says you’re not good enough.
  5. Give yourself permission to write badly–just for now.

Published by Mette Ivie

I'm a national bestselling author, All-American triathlete, Princeton PhD and mother of five amazing kids. And I'm here to teach you how to talk back to the brain that is telling you to quit before you fail. I'm here to up your game as a writer and as a human. I teach skills on writing, but more than that, I teach you how to take risks and write more deeply, more humanly, and to become a better human yourself.

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