I usually try to have a writing craft book in my “currently reading” pile or bookshelf, and right now I’m reading DIY MFA by Gabriela Pereira. I’m really enjoying her writing style, and she presents her tips, tricks, and knowledge to her readers in an easy-to-follow way that allows readers to move back and forth within her material and play with the different techniques and exercises that she writes about.
What I really enjoy about this particular piece is that she places a heavy emphasis on the importance of actually writing. It’s easy to love the idea of writing — thinking about writing, fantasizing about what you’d write if you were writing, thinking about all of the ideas that you “plan” to write when you “have the time”, etc. — but she stresses in her book that none of that really matters if you never sit down and start writing. I love what she says here in Chapter 5 — Fail Better:
“Remember, there will never be a perfect time to write your book, and you will never be completely ready. Stop waiting for the right time and just write. Now.”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen into the trap of telling myself that I’m going to start writing when I find more time in my busy schedule to write or I’m going to start writing when I find the right inspiration or idea that gets my creative muse to spill words onto the page or screen. It’s an easy trap to fall into. It’s all about that inner critic telling me that I’ll never write anything worth reading or that I simply don’t have time to sit down and write anything worthwhile, which I write about here:
What I’ve come to realize is that I have to make writing a priority in my life despite all of the other chaos that constantly streams throughout my life. At the end of a busy workday, I have to sit down and write. When I’m traveling, I have to remember to write. And most of all, when I simply don’t feel like writing, I have to sit down and write.
I know myself well enough to know that I place a lot of resistance in my own path. I get tired and stressed, and my inner critic wants me to use these as excuses not to write; however, I know that, for me, writing isn’t just about creating something that I hope others will love to read — it’s a form of self-care that helps me to reflect on my experiences and renew my spirits for the next day’s potential challenges. Writing is an escape from the real world, so I have to stop waiting for the perfect time to make my escape and just do it.
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As always — I’m looking for ways in which I can improve as a writer, and I’d love to hear your feedback. Thanks for stopping by!