As a writer, it is my mission to elicit life into readers.
Not merely to create or invent.
But to unearth what was already there, lying dormant.
To bring readers conscious to the waiting life that’s in front of them.
This is my mission — not every writers’.
Often, I come across many articles urging me to run towards the newest and most relevant shiny object.
Maybe you see the same ones?
I’m constantly lured to abandon what I know and what I’ve worked at as a writer.
Regardless, I know one key ingredient to becoming an effective writer — focused writing.
Write With Intention
Writing with intention can take on the ability of not feeling artistic or authentic. When you have an intention, it can feel as if it’s the same as enforcing your will and not the will.
But writing with intention is an effective way to improve your writing. When you allow for a specific focus to guide your work, you give yourself time and space to work towards a goal. And particularly a medium to measure how effectively and timely you’ve communicated your intention.
Trusting your work can feel difficult if you’re just writing in the wind, not working with purpose.
But sometimes your writing will have no other purpose but to help you connect with yourself.
Sometimes your writing will only serve as a bridge to better writing in the future.
And many times, you won’t be aware of this purpose at the time of writing.
Therefore, it is in our best interest to write often and with tempered criticism.
The art of trusting your own art is vital yet spellbinding.
Becoming a fan of your own work is important.
Yet becoming a fanatic about the process of writing and the way it makes you feel is most important.
Here are three pillars for trusting your work to overcome your own self-doubt and resistance to what you create:
- Be in the game of improving your work.
- Be in the game of recognizing the value of your current work.
- Be in the game of consuming what grows your self-perception.
Use these pillars as a guide to keep you on track.
Whenever you feel lost or uneasy about what you’re creating, revert back to them.
Iterate and implement as you wish.
And as always, happy creating.