Is anyone else feeling the February Blahs? Because I DEFINITELY AM. I’m struggling with my writing–nothing seems to be working, no matter what I try. When this happens at other points in the year, I’m usually able to shake it off. Take a walk. Refill the well. But when it’s record-breaking cold out there? NO THANK YOU. I’m perfectly happy to sit on the couch and
watch every episode of Chopped ever stare at my computer, trying to figure out the best way to write my story and not actually, you know. Writing. And it seems I’m not the only one struggling with this. We all do, at some point or another.
So I decided to round up a list of really awesome blog posts that writers far wiser and more accomplished than I have written.
- Neil Gaiman’s Writing Advice.
- Jon Acuff tells us that the Writing Cabin is a Myth.
- Chuck Wendig on How to Motivate Yourself as a Writer
- And finally: Sit Down, Shut Up, Write. Don’t stop.
Feeling motivated yet? I SURE AM.
And to end: I’m going to use my favorite quote from Amy Poehler’s YES PLEASE to remind myself and all of you that WRITING IS HARD. Words are hard. And we are not alone:
“Everyone lies about writing. They lie about how easy it is or how hard it was. They perpetuate a romantic idea that writing is some beautiful experience that takes place in an architectural room filled with leather novels and chai tea. They talk about their “morning ritual” and how they “dress for writing” and the cabin in Big Sur where they go to “be alone”—blah blah blah. No one tells the truth about writing a book. Authors pretend their stories were always shiny and perfect and just waiting to be written. The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver. I wrote this book after my kids went to sleep. I wrote this book on subways and on airplanes and in between setups while I shot a television show. I wrote this book from scribbled thoughts I kept in the Notes app on my iPhone and conversations I had with myself in my own head before I went to sleep. I wrote it ugly and in pieces.”
― Amy Poehler, Yes Please
Amy did it, and we can too. Keep writing. It’ll get better.