For the longest time, I’ve had an irrational fear of starting projects or assignments that involve writing. Papers, essays, blog posts, you name it! Truth be told, I’m just not a very confident writer.
And that’s why I struggle to write sometimes.
Over the years, I’ve found that the most helpful thing to do when I’m stuck or overwhelmed with writing is to jump in and start without hesitation. “JUST DO IT,” as Nike would say.
Write anything. Let it be the crappiest thought piece you’ve ever written. Because you’re making progress simply by putting pen to paper!
Think about it. You have plenty of time to judge yourself after you write, so why hold yourself back in this moment?
I say this because I’m experiencing paralysis myself. I find that I often judge my writing before I even begin, and that almost never gets me anywhere. In times like these, I have to tell my inner critic to kindly STFU.
So do yourself a favor and start unapologetically. Allow yourself to write badly. It might just lead you to a great final draft!
And guess what? The same goes for any creative idea you’re scared to put into action. You need to start somewhere and you have to start something if you want to get the ball rolling. So with that said, I’ll stop rambling and get back to work now.
If you’re on the struggle bus like me, I wish you the best of luck. We got this!