Every new writer will go through a crisis. It doesn’t matter what type of writer you are. Every writer will think that they should give up. They will believe that they aren’t good enough, that their writing is lame, that it’s full of clichés, that their ideas aren’t original, that they will never have happy readers…. You get the gist (I’ve thought all of those things and more).
These thoughts may only last for a day, or they may come and go for years, crippling you emotionally. I want to say, “Don’t give up.”
Stand up to these thoughts! Who are they to tell you to give up a part of yourself? Push them aside. Remember that writing is a journey which doesn’t end. Every story you write will be better than the last. Every experience you have will broaden your mind and allow you to create more elaborate settings, characters, and plot lines. If you read a story you have written and find a million things wrong with it, then understand that you actually accomplished something that many people find difficult. You wrote a story.
“If you love writing, then write.” That is a favourite saying of mine. Don’t let pressure or negativity get in the way. Your first story will never be your best, but it would have been the best you could do at the time. Everybody improves with time and practice. If one particular story isn’t working out for you then don’t be afraid to put it aside and start something new.
So don’t give up on writing, be strong and proud of your abilities. Later in life, you’ll thank yourself.
A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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