Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Traps Writers Should Watch Out For

Posted by: Deborah A Bailey

 Even if we have the best intentions for getting our books completed, there are traps that can undermine our plans.

One pitfall is the fear of failure. It can lead to self-doubt and procrastination and stall the writing process. Another trap is perfectionism, where we can waste time trying to create the perfect story or perfect sentence. It's important to remember that writing is a process – that’s what drafts are for!

Another trap is imposter syndrome, where we doubt our own abilities. This can be especially challenging for writers who are just starting out. But it’s something that even experienced writers can stress about. It's important for us to remember that everyone starts out with no experience (and no published books or stories).

One last trap is when we compare ourselves to others. There will always be someone who seems to have it all together, or someone who has more success.  In the end we have to focus on our own writing journey instead of questioning why we aren’t following the same path as others.

Some days will be better than others. Some projects will be easier while others will be much more challenging. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, don’t let these traps get in your way. Keep going and enjoy the process. 


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