A Writer’s Worst Enemy (It’s Not What You Think)
I’m here to talk about a writer’s worst enemy, and I can promise you, it’s not what you think.
Lots of writers talk to me about writer’s block. They’re not sure what to write, and feel stuck. They don’t know where to go, what to say next, or what their next chapter should be.
I think I’ve heard it all, but we put that all under the umbrella of writer’s block. Most people get stuck and they don’t know why, and I’m here to explain how you get stuck in writer’s block.
You’re not going to believe it, but what gets in the way is your own brain.
Many of you know that most of the work that I do over in the Writing Gym is based on my study of neuroscience, how the brain learns and creates, and the secret is this:
Your mind will tell you anything to keep you in the comfort zone.
When you sit down to write, which is a risky endeavor, you’re going to share it with the world. You’re sharing your most intimate thoughts. You’re sharing a story, whether it’s your own personal narrative, or close to it.
There’s risk. It’s scary. You might not get distracted and not get it done. You might get stuck and not find the right words.
There’s lots of scare factors, and your mind wants to keep you safe and comfortable.
It sends you these messages that say things like “you can’t do this,” “this is okay, but you could do this so much better.” These are lies that come from our brain to keep us comfortable.
If you want to be a successful writer, you need to get out of that negative feedback loop, and get into the right relationship with your inner critic.
Then, the writing can flow.
Then, you write with confidence.
Then, you can circumvent some of that negative feedback and know what your strengths are.
As a writer, I have confidence based on real facts, not empty praise like “good job.” That’s not real confidence.
If you’re ready to break out of that loop, you may have had it with writer’s block, being stuck, and letting your mind take control of your writing future. I’ve opened up some time in the next week or so to chat with writers who are serious about becoming their best writer, finally finishing that novel, and getting over fear to get the writing done.
If you’re serious about finishing your novel this year, I’d love to chat. You can get on a call and talk about where you are, where you’d like to be, and how you can get there.
Until next time. Happy writing.