The only way to get better at writing is to keep doing it. Rain or shine, sad or happy, inspiration or writers block, you must persist. Most of the time writing isn’t pretty or instagrammable. Sometimes it’s rough, raw, and belongs in the trash. Do it anyway. This book helped me a lot when I wasn’t feeling persistent, so I’m revisiting to get back to the fundamentals.
“Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it” – @Steven_Pressfield, The War of Art.
I’ve been writing in secret for almost 8 years now. I picked it back up after writing from age 6-10 then quitting. During these past 8 years, my career path was aimed at being a successful Entrepreneur. As a young college student, my online business allowed me to live the life I wanted at that time – which was lots of sleep, lots of drinking, and lots of aimless internet browsing. In business I’ve had more downs than I had ups, but I persisted through all failures and my most recent business that I started 4 years ago with my brother has now skyrocketed from just us two in the summer of last year, to 15 people on our current payroll, and 5 independent contractors.
As my income stabilized and my business grew, I realized something: my soul was still empty. After a lot of introspection, I came to the realization that writing is what filled my soul, not being a successful business person. I had always said to myself that once I made enough money I could pursue my true passion, writing. As my earning potential increases I realized something: I could keep moving the bar for “successful” in business and it would lead to writing being nothing but a “one day.” Business is nice and fun, don’t get me wrong, and I’ve brought personal meaning to it by partnering with a mental health awareness charity.
But I know when I’m 80 and look back on my life, I would regret not trying to be a writer more than I would regret trying to be a writer and even failing. So at the end of the year, I plan to step down as CEO of my company and pursue writing full time. All work I do for the company moving forward will be focused on writing and spreading mental health related messaging. A lot of my time will be focused on writing stories and poetry and doing anything needed to get better at my craft.
I’m nervous the closer this gets to becoming real, but I know that fear is Resistance and I’m ready to face it head on. I’m excited for this new chapter in my life.
If you’re stuck with the dreaded writer’s block that happens to us all, here’s something that works for me. Pull out your notebook or laptop or phone or whatever it is and write down the phrase “I have writer’s block.” Then write how you feel about having it. Then write like you don’t have any self control and let loose.