You are more than a writer.
Yes, you love to write. Your outlook on life improves when you’re showing up at the page. You feel a sense of possibility when you're creating stories you love. (Like me!)
But you also love your family and friends, and being active in your community. You love your career or you’re figuring out what it means to be retired. You go to yoga or hike or ride your mountain bike. Maybe all three!
You want writing to enhance that life, not take over. So all those “rules” about writing—do it every day, write from 9 to 5, write first thing in the morning—don’t always apply. How then, do you make time for writing and create the stories you want to write?
The good news is, you don’t have to choose between writing and the rest of your life.
As an award-winning writer, I founded WritingStrides on the idea that you can make a rewarding and ongoing part of a rich and full life.
To do that, you don’t need to get more disciplined, you don’t need to write every day, and you don’t need a degree in writing.
You simply need to start with the fact that you’re human. Acknowledge that when it comes to writing, sometimes you feel focused and sometimes you don't.
Instead of feeling frustrated or guilty when you don't write as much as you want or make the progress you seek, remember: there are two types of writing skills.
There's the act of stringing words and sentences together so they tell a story or say what you want to say, and then there's the act of showing up. And when it comes to showing up, you and I are human.
We are creative, energetic, determined, and ambitious. We are also susceptible to procrastination, doubt, overwhelm, and our many daily obligations.
So we look for guidelines. Because all those writing rules make us believe there is a right way to do things. And (perhaps you are familiar with this) as you go in search of the right way, it's easy to get confused or feel stuck.
I have learned that when writers feel stuck, they are often trying to go about things in a way that doesn't work for them. And when they learn to break those unwritten rules, they have their breakthroughs.
The truth is that the way you think about writing can affect your ability to show up at the page. But you can learn to approach writing with a little more ease. Find out how with my best tips on how to set aside your doubts and make writing more fun.
You can also start with these WritingStrides blog posts and videos: