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doubt #19 – Motivationals

I seriously doubt that many of those motivational proverbs get it right… like this one:


Hard work is no value as such, because it can be use for anything ranging from a perfectly executed project to an awesomely-made screw and a fine-working dictatorship… it is passion that makes the difference, because then you do something because there’s nothing in the world you’d rather do and no cause you’d rather dedicate your time (that one most real form of a finite resource) to. Talent can make up for quite a bit of hard work and being learned in something doesn’t mean getting it right, but talent gets beaten every single time if it doesn’t care (enough). When it comes down to that falsely promoted antagonism between hard work and talent, it is not about about either of them, it is about the passion to do what you do.

Yes, I do read these things, too, and sometimes they actually get me thinking, but they never tell you why you should do something and doing something for doing something’s sake doesn’t cut it, sorry. This however does, at least for me:

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Doubt #7

Sometimes I doubt that I can write properly.

I’ve seem to be hitting writer’s block far too often now. My grade in my creative writing class is suffering because i don’t turn in anything because i’m never really satisfied with anything i do. all my good ideas seem to turn into bad ones once i write it down. How do you get pass writers block?

You turn off your inner critic. You do not listen to your inner police force. You ignore the little voices that tell you that it’s all stupid, and you keep going.

Your grade isn’t suffering because your writing is bad, it’s suffering because you aren’t finishing things and handing them in.

So, finish them and hand them in. Even if a story’s lousy, you’ll learn something from it that will be useful as a writer, even if it’s just “don’t do that again”.

You’re always going to be dissatisfied with what you write. That’s part of being human. In our heads, stories are perfect, flawless, glittering, magical. Then we start to put them down on paper, one unsatisfactory word at a time. And each time our inner critics tell us that it’s a rotten idea and we should abandon it.

If you’re going to write, ignore your inner critic, while you’re writing. Do whatever you can to finish. Know that anything can be fixed later.

Remember: you don’t have to be brilliant when you start out. You just have to write. Every story you finish puts you closer to being a writer, and makes you a better writer.

Blaming “Writer’s Block” is wonderful. It removes any responsibility from the person with the “block”. It gives you something to blame, and it sounds fancy.

But it’s probably more honest to think of it as a combination of laziness, perfectionism and Getting Stuck. If you’re being lazy, don’t be. If you’re being a perfectionist, don’t be. And if you’re stuck, figure out where the story went off the rails, or what you got wrong, or where you need to go deeper, or what you need to add to make it work, and then start writing again.

Neil Gaiman via Kaliban

– Thank you.

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