It started with an email. My friend, a writer, wrote to ask me if I wanted to join her in going to a writer’s conference. My answer surprised even me. That was the foundation for this blog post. If you’re a writer who is struggling to finish that book you know you were meant to write, the one that has been living in your head for far too long, this letter is for you.
Dear Writer Friend,
So, you want to go to a conference…again? Have you finished your novel? If not, I’m going to have to ground you. Why? Because you’re a good writer. No, you’re a great writer. And you’ve learned enough. You’ve done the research. You’ve read books on everything from grammar to the craft of writing a compelling book. You’ve gone to classes, lectures, and workshops. You’re already a pro. Many people have confirmed that you can write and I’m one of them. Now you just gotta get your butt in that chair and finish! I’m serious.
Writer as Perfectionist
Writers are particularly prone to perfectionist thinking. In fact, most creative types are perfectionists of one degree or another. Let’s say the writer has a great idea for a novel, or memoir. Enthused, she begins writing. The words flow. Pages fly by. She’s a third of the way through when something happens. She begins to doubt the project. She questions the story, the project. Slowly, it seems to her that it’s not such a good idea after all. Or worse, she begins to doubt herself.
This is War!
Starting Over at Mid-life