I’m lucky to have a job where I get to sit and write stuff all day.
That doesn’t mean I’m always excited about everything I work on. That’s part of the deal, I think. You can’t be happy with what you’re doing all the time. What’s the challenge in that?
If you loved every minute of your workload, honestly, you’d probably get bored.
It’s not that you hate what you’re doing. It’s that challenges are hard, and we all have those days/weeks/months where we just don’t want to do the hard stuff.
Succeeding as a writer requires doing a lot of the hard stuff, whether you want to or not. And I know you know that. But it never hurts to have a reminder that we all doubt ourselves. We all stop what we’re typing and wonder why we’re even bothering. That’s normal. But it’s good for us. It keeps us questioning, keeps us striving, keeps us moving forward.
Whatever you’re working on today or this week or this month, just know that you’re going to have these moments. Sometimes they’ll come out of nowhere. Other times you’ll know that you’re going to struggle before you even start.
But still, despite it all, all that matters is that you keep going.
You might grow to love what you didn’t love yesterday.
You might feel intense loathing toward the project the whole way through.
But at least there’s the opportunity to ask yourself, “What about this don’t I like? And what does that say about how I should structure/choose my future projects?”
That’s important. It’s in these kinds of thoughts that growth occurs.
And growth is how writers keep moving forward. How they stay afloat, in this ever-changing landscape we call online publishing.
Sometimes, it’s OK to do what you don’t love.
You never know. It could lead to something so much better someday.
You’ll never find that out if you just give up.
Do the hard stuff.
It will always pay off.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.
Hey! I’m vlogging my way through NaNoWriMo. Here’s yesterday’s video.