By: Lydia Oyetunji
To me, obstacles in life build character. You have to be able to overcome adversity in order to succeed and appreciate the simple things life has to offer… that’s where most of my inspiration for writing and singing comes from.
As a writer are you apprehensive about venturing into a public forum? I often wondered how my work would be received by other writers, especially those with more experience. Maybe your desire to write is present, but life gets in the way. My fellow wordsmiths, let me assure you that many writers share these obstacles and more. Allow me to encourage you to overcome those barriers so that you may flourish in your passion for writing. I wrote for myself, content for clients, and for my personal blog, but I began to blossom more as a writer when I started writing for Two Drops of Ink Literary Blog.
Hurdles that get in the way of a successful writing career.
Procrastination: In my opinion Procrastination is a writer’s biggest obstacle. The passion for writing is there, but when it’s time to compose the next chapter of the book, an article, or blog post, some of us have every excuse in existence.
- I’m not feeling creative today.
- I don’t have time.
- I don’t know what to write about.
These are the types of excuses that hinder us as writers from producing consistently. Usually, for me, it’s a time issue. I’m always working! Words that could have produced great compositions float away in the wind; make time to capture these words on paper.
Critiques: As a writer when we choose to debut our literary works it’s common to be critiqued. It’s imperative to develop the skin of a rhino when writing for any public forum. Even the most famous writers have received bad feedback. Try not to load yourself down with insecurities like these:
- Someone may not appreciate my writing style.
- What if I offend a reader?
- I may not measure up to the talent of other writers.
Self-doubt is your enemy! Feedback will be positive, negative, or maybe even impartial. Groups like Two Drops of Ink are the best place to learn and gain a following. Open yourself up to constructive criticism, it can be a valuable tool; it helps me to grow as a writer!
Distractions: Every time you sit down to write, your life turns into a three- ringed circus. I know the feeling all too well! Preparing for your writing time is the best strategy to overcome distractions.
- Fulfill the needs of your family before writing.
- Disconnect from the outside world. Turn off the cellphone, it’s hard, but you can do it.
- Jot down a list of topics you wish to concentrate on and scribble away.
Appoint enough time to allow the creative juices to start flowing. Don’t stop until the well runs dry! When I take this approach to writing, I’m surprised how much I get accomplished.
Writers Block: A post about writing obstacles would not be complete without writer’s block on the list. This little monster comes to steal and destroy the creative process of writers. Here are a few common causes of writer’s block:
- Increased pressure to produce.
- The feeling of intimidation.
There are other causes, but let’s focus on the cure. Reading is said to be a great distraction from the inability to create. It can also be a source of motivation. Keeping a journal to record thoughts and feelings can relieve stress and free up the mind for creativity. I recommend free writing and altering the time of day or surroundings in which you choose to compose. Writer’s block is not the end of creativity but a temporary block that can be removed through the use of proper techniques. Apply these techniques or create rituals of your own.
Step out of your comfort zone! Join us at Two Drops of Ink, we will assist you with overcoming these obstacles and teach you how to become a prolific writer. Recognizing the obstacles in front of us is only half the battle. We become victorious through taking steps to overcome these barriers. I did, and have grown considerably. I’m looking forward to reading your submissions.
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