This is a follow-up post to What do you do with your stories when you’re not feeling it?, which I wrote because I think that far too many people judge their work too soon or too unfairly.
When I finally stopped throwing away my writing, something strange brewed inside me.
Now, I am less fearful when I approach the page. I am more of a risk-taker when it comes to writing stories, articles, even blog posts. If I don’t like what I wrote, it’s not the end of my journey, and I can store it for a rainy day.
I think that throwing my work away gave me the subconscious message that I am a failure, that I’m basically killing trees and wasting ink for a no-good, nothing, nowhere dream.
Now that I simply tuck away something that isn’t working, like down comforters in the summertime, I feel more powerful, more in control of my journey. I feel that I’ve made the tougher choice …
To try again.
Throwing our stuff away is a dangerous path that can lead to quitting. Each time you throw your writing away, you are telling yourself you aren’t a good writer. Keep up that bad habit, and eventually you will be killing any faith you once had in your writing self. Your muse will shut down. The ideas will stop flowing. You will give up writing.
Trying to get back on the writing horse ain’t easy. I know because I did it. Losing the baby weight was a helluva lot easier! Once up and going on that writing horse, I swore I would never quit again — no matter how tough my journey might get.
Take a risk. Don’t throw your writing away.
Are you writing this summer? Send me a bit or all of your work and earn a chance to win a copy of one of my two ebooks for writers OR a story coaching session designed for your specific needs!
Send your story in a Word doc attachment (or something similar) to my email address: k [dot] johnston [at] comcast [dot] net. Deadline for entries is August 26th, 2016!
Have a writerly day!