Y is for Your own worst enemy

I’ve said it before during this year’s A-Z and I’ll say it again…you are your own worst enemy. You procrastinate, doubt yourself, and forget to write good storylines down. You hesitate and distrust yourself to the point of thinking you just can’t make it. You read books by famous authors then fling them across the room because you’ll never, ever be that good…

Fuck. That. Shit.

You don’t let anyone else tell you you’re bad at what you love so why should you be any different? Eliminate that little voice in your head that tells you it’s impossible…not the voice that tells you how to write, or the voice that tells you how your characters should act, or the voice that…well you get the point – you need the voices. The voices are what make you you, but you don’t need the voice that nags and berates and taunts.

You can’t kill it completely, that would be impossible but you can put it in a small cage and throw away the key. That way it can only whisper insults, which works. A small whisper telling you your writing is bad is just enough to make you focus on improving your work.

I changed my mind don’t kill that voice just shove a sock in its mouth to quieten it down.

One thought on “Y is for Your own worst enemy

  • May 1, 2012 at 03:58

    You’re right, I am my own worst enemy. The procrastination, the self doubt, the first-draft perfectionism… and I’m pretty sure I’m slowly poisoning myself. Probably arsenic. There’s always an aftertaste of almonds…


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