Can You Depend On Yourself As a Writer?

Because if no writing ever gets done, how can we call ourselves writers?


I don’t always trust myself. I like to make spontaneous decisions without thinking through them, most of which should have been thought through beforehand. I like to take perfectly “normal” stories and twist them around to make them more exciting … maybe sometimes a little too much. I spend too much time writing when I should be doing something else, and doing other things when I should be writing.

But somehow, every time, I manage to get things done anyway. I have learned my flaws and triggers for giving in to distractions. It doesn’t necessarily make writing easier, but it makes sure writing gets done.

Because if no writing ever gets done, how can we call ourselves writers?

Self-confidence often affects our writing, whether in a positive or negative way. We’re overly concerned about what other people think, so we’re nervous to share our work with them. After all, if they don’t like us, they probably won’t like our work … right?

We promise ourselves we’re going to write today; tomorrow; eventually … but who else is there to push us all the way through the fulfillment of that promise?

You may not have issues with self-confidence at all. But can you depend on yourself to keep that promise? Can you trust yourself to follow through with every goal you set, every poem or story or play you begin to write? Do you believe you are capable of achieving what seems impossible?

Accountability starts within yourself. Before you can depend on someone else, you have to learn to be able to depend on you. When you say, “I’m going to write 500 words today,” you need to be able to hold yourself accountable for that.

How do you do that? By practicing. By figuring out which kinds of reward systems work for you and which don’t. By getting into the habit of writing every day, even if you don’t think you have time for it. The more often you say, “I’m going to write today,” and you do it, the more confidence you will have. Regardless of setbacks and bad days and things getting in the way, if you treat yourself well, if you write even when you don’t think it matters, at least you can close out that poem, script or story knowing you did what you said you were going to do: you finished.

You must be able to depend on yourself to do what you say you are going to do. Writing, for some, is a necessity; for others, it is a choice. Find an even balance between the two and

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.

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