Writing feels bad: How do I write through it?

If writing is viscerally offensive to you—if it’s uncomfortable, demoralizing, or even painful—then you’re in good company.

Even celebrated writers get the blues:

The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love"
It is bound to be a failure, every book is a failure.
— George Orwell, author of "Animal Farm" and "1984", on writing his next book
A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
— Thomas Mann, winner of 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature

If writing feels bad to you, you don't have to curse that awful feeling.

If writing feels bad, it means you have good taste. If writing feels bad, it means you care about delivering something of value. If writing feels bad, that's a good thing.

BUT, if you let that bad feeling keep you from publishing, then that's not a good thing.

Your story, your lessons, your desires: those are worthy of seeing the light of someone else's computer screen. Writing might always feel bad. But you have to write through it.

"If writing feels bad, how do I write through it?"

Write for the person that needs you. Then put that message in a bottle and send it out on the cyberwaves. Trust that your words will land where they need to. Know that your words are nourishment to that person who's stranded on their lonely island.

That castaway is not going to care about your grammar or your ego. They're hungry. They're lonely.

They're waiting.

(Just press publish already). :)


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