I just wrote ten sentences and erased them before I wrote this one.
I know, I know — that doesn’t seem real inspiring, does it? But maybe that’s what we don’t talk about enough when it comes to writing, and creating, and freelancing, and making something from the stories, and pictures, and ideas that float around our head — the bit about erasing. And not liking what you write. And sitting with your own thoughts and not having an inspirational idea when you’re supposed to, or when you’re on a deadline.
Nine times out of ten what I’m writing is just…bleh. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s just bleh. Like boiled chicken with steamed vegetables — that’s not bad for you, actually quite good for you, but it’s just bleh. It needs seasoning. It needs salt. It needs flavor. It’s just bland.
And sometimes, what you write is also bland.
But you cannot add salt or spice to something that doesn’t exist — if you don’t put the ideas onto paper, how are you going to get better? Stories are not bound together with empathy pages.
Writing is a daily discipline and practice. Despite what the highlight reels of social media would lead us all to believe — it’s not coffee shops and glamour — it’s sitting down, at your computer, or with your pen and paper, and cracking your brain open until the words pour out.
And when they don’t?
It’s having the conviction and determination to sit with your own brain and your own thoughts. It’s having the discipline and patience to navigate through your own frustration, and disappointment, and aggravation.
You want to write? That’s great. But it doesn’t happen by wishing, it happens by doing — every. Single. Day.
So sit and stare at that blank page until the words come out. Feel your frustration and then let it come out of your fingertips. Write down the words, even if you don’t know where you’re going with them…
..then watch how they stare back at you.