I’m going to tell each and every one of you something about myself – sometimes I doubt my skills as a writer. To be honest, I think all writers do. Even if deep down we know that we’re talented and have heard so from others, there’s still a part of us that might find it hard to believe.
First I’d like to say that if you’re a writer, the first step to success is believing in yourself! While sometimes my confidence might grow shaky, overall I’m proud of my work. Take for example, my new short story collection – I love how it turned out! I am not just saying that. I promise!
A successful writer is also someone who trusts their decisions. I was struggling with working on my second novel and so I decided to, instead, work on a short story I had in mind. Let me tell you something – that was the right decision! Not only did I create a great story, in my opinion, that I love, but I also wrote a whole collection that I’m proud of!
I found a quote on Instagram that said something about how you shouldn’t quit on a story because it’s difficult. Maybe you shouldn’t totally abandon your story, but there is nothing wrong with taking a break and working on something else. If I wouldn’t have taken a break and worked on my short story collection, it would have never been born!
Additionally, the quote mentioned something about every story being difficult to write. I don’t think this is true. I think that while some stories are very difficult to produce, some flow quite nicely and, while they take effort, they’re more enjoyable than stressful.
Take my new short story collection, for example. Each and every story seemed to practically write itself. It just worked out so well! Yes there was a lot to think through and a lot of work went into each of the stories, but I didn’t feel stressed out about the writing process. There were no days when absolutely nothing came to me. That, my friends, is a true gift.
This is my point. I don’t think that difficult stories should be abandoned or never worked on. In fact, I plan on still working on my second novel. What I am saying though is that taking breaks is okay and that not every story is going to be difficult to write. Some stories will just flow and that’s a good thing. Don’t be under the impression that writing every story has to be stressful and hard. It’s okay to write something that seems easy to write – in fact, I think that the easier the writing seems to be, the better in some cases the story turns out to be. I think that the ease in which a story is written sometimes shows just how good the idea is and just how much the story or book was meant to be written!
Both easy to write and hard to write poems, stories, and books can turn out to be great! Don’t tell yourself that if a story wasn’t hard to write that it must not be good. Also, don’t convince yourself that having a difficult time writing a story makes it bad or unworthy of finishing. Sometimes we all just need to take a break or work on something else.