My manuscript is really progressing as of late and I couldn’t be more excited. I think what is making it so much easier than before is, well, my attitude.
Let me try to explain. After I graduated college, I was under a lot of stress (and I still am). All I keep hearing is how hard things are going to be. Throughout my life, I was never handed anything on a silver platter. I’ve always had to work hard, so it’s not like I was expecting life to be one huge song and dance number. I admit, I let stress take control of my life. I couldn’t focus on writing. All I focused on was trying to find a job and trying to pay off my student loans. Everything else was pushed aside.
Until January came around and I realized that I couldn’t just let my dreams and goals fall apart because of one little word. Stress. We all experience it. Even when we’re writing, it’s there, standing right behind you, making sure its presence is known. Sometimes, it will cause a plague of worry inside you, making you feel like you’re going to fail if you even try.
But, the thing is you have to try. You can’t let stress or worry win the battle. I was about to just throw up my hands and let stress win. But, in my heart, I knew I couldn’t do that because I had a story to tell. This story wasn’t going away. I’ve learned to take a few deep breaths and clear my head. When it’s time for writing, I merely shut the door and get to work. Because it’s my time. I just can’t sit back and not share my stories with the world.
So, if you’re feeling stressed that day and you think you just can’t do it, take a few deep breaths and know that you can. Push all those doubts out of head that you’ll never make it or you’ll never succeed. They’re wrong, you know. Take a few moments and shake it off. Then, sit down and start writing again.
If I’ve learned one thing throughout this whole process it’s this:
You have to believe in yourself before you can really expect others to believe in you.
It’s all in your mind. Create some positive thinking and the creativity will start flowing.