I'd like to start doing some fairly regular #WriterEncouragements
The idea is not to pressure or judge in any way, but to make writers feel validated and happy about their writing habits, and to encourage self-care and confidence
Feel free to join in on the hashtag.
Some of the best writing nobody is being paid for is fanfiction, and some of the best writing somebody IS being paid for is fanfiction.
The point is, fanfiction is awesome, and you should feel proud if you write it.
Everyone feels terrible about their writing at some point, and many of us feel terrible about it *all the time*.
Your writing isn't terrible and isn't irredeemable, and you should keep writing if that's important to you!
Bloggers are amazing writers. It's challenging and skilful work, and your readers are grateful that you do it.
It's actually good for you to take breaks, and you shouldn't feel guilty if you need a really long one.
What's important is that you take care of yourself.
The words will still be there when you get back -- and you may find inspiration in the time away.
"Creation doesn't have to be 'complete' to be worth the time you put into it."
No notebook is too fancy for you! Scribble all over them! Enjoy the feel of your pen on fancy paper!
Your thoughts do not have to be grand or ordered or even coherent to deserve being written down somewhere that gives you pleasure.
You will write things that make you cringe to look back on, but you will also surprise yourself with brilliant, beautiful things.
There will always be both. Don't let the former distract you from the latter.
I'm finally starting to feel like I'm turning the corner on this novel. Like the end is in sight.
If, like me, the events of the last year have really slowed down your progress, I want to encourage you that you will get there eventually (and so will I). 💙
Love your work! Celebrate your successes! Cheer for progress, big or small.
We all know it's okay to get Imposter Syndrome, but I hope you know that it's okay to be proud of what you've done as well.
Your writing doesn't need to be perfect to be worthy of praise.
It's really impressive that you have taken the time to make something. Not everyone does that. Not everyone *can* do that.
Your creativity is inspiring.
Not all critique is equal.
You are not a bad writer if you say: 'I disagree with that critique and I am not going to follow it.'
And you aren't a bad writer if you say 'I agree with that critique and I need to improve' either!
Take a moment to acknowledge something about your writing that you know is good. There is definitely something!
Own it and enjoy it.
It's good to celebrate your strengths.
@vicorva I just keep writing and writing. Then one day I have a "brilliant" idea. And I go through my notes from like my first day on the project and see that same idea. Right there. Maybe that's just me.
@ycleptshawn I was recently editing and found that, in my rush to make sure I covered all the bases, I had edited in things that already existed and therefore were redundant. So I definitely get how ideas repeat themselves!
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