Writing Struggles

“Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.” -George R.R. Martin

On Friday I decided to join the #AprilBlogaDay challenge and write a blog entry for every day in April. Four days in, I am struggling to think of ideas and write a new blog entry.

Writing struggles are not new to me. Whenever I have had to write on demand I have struggled to write. Whether it was a essay for a class, an article for a deadline or a blog entry, the issue has been trying to tell a story, one the reader will enjoy, and feel a connection.

I want to write the perfect piece. Consequently, I over think my words and sentence structure. I re-write each sentence. I debate each word. I type. I delete. I re-type, and then I do it all again.

Even when I feel like I have written a piece worthy of sending I struggle to share it. I fear the feedback. I fear no feedback. I fear people being upset and not letting me know.

What has helped me meet the demands of writing for a deadline? The knowledge that I need to submit the article has always made it easier to finish.

I am hoping that writing every day for the month will help me to be less anxious about writing on demand.

Comments

Share your thought and comments below. I look forward to continuing the conversation about the struggle of writing on demand. Please let me know what you think about my blog entries and help me to reflect and learn by commenting below.

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My Commitment – April Blog a Day Challenge

I have joined the #AprilBlogaday Challenge. The goal is to submit a blog entry every day in April. I will not promise each blog entry will be motivational, energetic, and thought-provoking. However, I will do my best to continue to reflect on my journey of learning and my areas of growth.

 

  • Meredith

    That’s all we can do. I relate 100%. I post prompts every day, if that helps. It made the difference for me last year.

    • Meredith, Thanks for the support and the idea. I am hoping by commiserating about our struggles with writing we may be able to help each other. Marc

  • I totally agree with that feeling. I have never enjoyed writing unless I could write how I want to and be as free form as I want to. Even when I completed my Masters last year, at 32 years old, it was BRUTAL trying to conform to the rules of writing. I have already put off a few days of blogging for the feeling of ‘having to write’ but I remember last year that this process totally helped! Happy Writing!

    • Melissa, I have been a writing teacher that required daily journal entries and provided two or three prompts from which to choose. I keep a list of potential topics in Evernote. Additionally, I have four drafts started. It is my hope that this month-long challenge will free me of the fears that keep me from finishing the drafts or starting new posts. Thanks for sharing your own struggles. Marc