Confronting My Struggles with Writing
Every writer's journey is marked by unique challenges, and mine is no exception.
Since I ask my clients to do this I thought it would be a good idea to do this myself, and be public about it. I would never ask any of my writers to do anything that I wasn’t willing to do myself. I don’t believe in advice that I wouldn’t take myself.
One of my primary struggles lies in the journey from completion to sharing my work with an audience. While finishing a piece is an achievement in itself, the next steps – getting it made and presenting it to an audience – often feel daunting and intricate. The desire to work faster, to bring projects to a swift and successful conclusion, often clashes with the reality of the creative process. This tension is further compounded by the tendency to keep everything in my head, wrestling with the labyrinth of thoughts and ideas that demand expression.
The act of rewriting, particularly the revisions I know are necessary yet daunting, often feels like a mountain to climb. It's a part of the process that's easy to avoid, yet essential for the story's evolution.
Embracing What I Love About Writing
Amid these challenges, my love for writing remains a constant source of joy and motivation. The freedom that comes with storytelling is exhilarating – the rush of a new idea, the thrill of disparate thoughts coalescing into a cohesive whole. Writing for me is akin to giving birth to something new, a creation that is both a part of me and beyond me.
Being in the flow state, where words pour out in spontaneous bursts of creativity, is an exhilarating experience. It's in these moments that I feel most connected to my craft. Presenting my work to an audience, sharing it with people, and connecting over our shared experiences through storytelling – these are the moments that affirm my passion for writing. It’s a process that allows me to tap into the unconscious, acting as a conduit for stories that demand to be told, instilling a sense of humility in me.
Navigating My Frustrations
Yet, my journey is not without its frustrations. I often find myself wishing I could write more, lamenting the time it takes to bring a project to fruition. The desire for immediacy, for stories to spring forth fully formed, conflicts with the gradual, often painstaking process of creation. There's an inherent struggle in surrendering to this process, acknowledging its pace while yearning for speed.
My path has also been marked by the challenge of building an audience, a community with whom I can share and discuss my work. Reflecting on my career, I recognize a longing to reach more people, to have my voice heard and my stories resonate. This journey is not just about writing – it's about cultivating connections, audience, and understanding that success is measured not just in completed works, but in the hearts and minds they touch.