How to Overcome the Most Challenging Aspects of Writing

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Expressing myself through writing clears my soul from all the chaos rattling around in my head so I don’t internally combust.

Reading and writing fills me with a sense of peace and clarity.

My soul shines when I’ve acted upon my need to create.

When my overactive mind firing is off like an automatic weapon, I start to shut down mentally.

I cannot multi-task myself out of a paper bag and when I attempt to accomplish more than one thing at once, nothing gets done.

When I shut off my inner critic telling me my writing is not clever enough, my words flow from my thoughts without restriction.

Comparing yourself to others inhibits creativity

Overwhelming thoughts take over when I compare my writing to other more successful bloggers.

Let it go, none of that matters!

There will always be those who reach broader audiences, self-publish more books, and write more popular posts than you.

Fancy words are not everything  

When I notice that my vocabulary needs to improve that false sense creeps up telling me that my writing is not good enough without fancy words.

Writer’s block is your subconscious mind telling you that your writing is not up to par, shutting off your creative juices from allowing the words to flow naturally.

Negativity is no match for our faith in our abilities

The best defense against negative subconscious thoughts is to accept that you’re a writer with many good ideas to share with the world.

I must not fear failure and imperfection, but embrace it!

I can hide behind fear or share my story with the world courageously from the heart.

You want to construct that perfect sentence that will blow the minds of your readers or attract more people to your blog.

But, we must remember why we pick up the pen in the first place.  

We don’t write for fame or recognition to satisfy our own selfish desires.

We write to inspire and encourage others to pursue their passions and dreams.

There is no perfect formula for becoming a great writer; we practice and bare our souls to world truthfully, letting the words flow freely.

Which aspect of writing is the most challenging for you and what is one remedy that helps you when you’re struggling?  Share in the comments.

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  • Robbie,

    Great post! I relate to your passage about measuring ourselves against others. Just when I’m ready to post, I see something from a gifted writer and freeze. Thanks for sharing your voice!

    • RobLeonard

      Hi Rick, thanks! I appreciate the feedback. I’m going to check out your blog, I really like the title of your blog!

  • Hey TribeWriter! I am very guilty of hiding behind fear-it lingers in my mind, then I run across the room and press “Publish”. Inspiring post!

    • RobLeonard

      Hey Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by. I loved that comment about running across the room pressing “Publish” despite lingering fear. Sometimes it’s unusually terrifying to hit Publish!

  • I really appreciated this post, so timely in my life. Which of course, resonates with “why” you write. To encourage others, job well done

    • RobLeonard

      Thanks Christa, I’m glad this post encouraged you in some way. Encouraging others motivates my every word.

  • When I think too much about what I’m doing — that’s when I freeze. Because I think about the amazing stuff others have written and how can I compare. And you are so right on, “Comparing yourself to others inhibits creativity.” Thank you, Robbie, for this inspiration to just create.

    • RobLeonard

      Thanks Brianna! I notice that I do freeze as well when I think too much.

  • Loved your first sentence. It is chaotic in there if you don’t express those thoughts, isn’t it? I find my biggest hurdle is motivation. If I have writer’s block, I look for every reason under the sun to avoid sitting at my desk and pushing through it. It gets so congested in my head I’m surprised actual words don’t tumble out of my ears for lack of room in there. Finally something will click, though. I guess things will have percolated enough, and I can sit and write and get the letters and words in the right order and they’ll all gush forth in the order God intended. I don’t know who’s more relieved in the end: me or my family, who had to put up with my nonsense while I was blocked! Great post.

    • RobLeonard

      Thanks Staci! When I just start writing the mind torture ends and the words start to flow together nicely.