Writers Wisdom 101: Embracing the Writer Feels

Sometimes, writing is a kick in the teeth. Like, a full-on, roundhouse kick square to the mouth. Other times, it’s like floating on a fluffy cloud that’s dripping rainbows.

So what’s the deal? 

Well, like with anything in life, writing is filled with highs and lows. But as creatives, I firmly believe that we feel those highs and lows more strongly than others (yes, I absolutely did just quote Hilary Duff’s Raise Your Voice). But really, the quote holds merit. Writers feel things. We live them, breathe them, and then describe them on paper for other people to live vicariously through. 

So it only makes sense that the feelings we have are BIG. Sometimes, this is great. Other times, it can be brutal. So, what do you do when you get hit with a case of the writer feels? 

Check out this week’s Writer’s Wisdom post to find out!

Embracing the Writer Feels

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So there is this meme that I have come across several times and it cracks me up every time I see it. I can’t help but laugh, because it perfectly sums up all of my writer feels. It’s the scene where Rapunzel has just ‘escaped’ the tower in Tangled and she is running through her roller coaster of emotions, but instead of worrying about disappointing her mother, she has been suddenly struck by a massive wave of the writer feels.

See where I’m going with this? 

Well, of all the Disney princesses, this meme has singlehandedly made me relate to Rapunzel the most. And I blame the writer feels. 

There are some days when I am writing and like, ‘Holy crap! This is amazing! Did this really come from my head?’ Then there’s days when I’m like, ‘Wow, did that REALLY come from my head?’

Apparently, I am not alone.

Neither are you.

Turns out, sometimes, part of being a writer is being convinced that your writing sucks. It’s perfectly normal. And perfectly ok. Why? I’ll give you three reasons.

 

Let’s be honest. If you didn’t think your writing- or at least part of it- was awful, would you bother proofing or editing it? I didn’t think so. It would seem redundant. Why fix something that isn’t broken? BUT, if your writing is terrible and awful and OH MY GOD WHY would I let people read that- then you will put in the time to revise and reconsider your words to make them the best they can possibly be. Even if all you do is make minor changes (or, if you’re like me, CHANGE EVERYTHING-KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!), those changes will still improve your writing. 

By extension of my first point, if you are truly passionate about your writing but you think that it’s awful, you will want to learn how to be better. Whether it’s

obsessively following writing podcasts, reading other writer’s blogs, buying books on writing, or writing ALL THE WORDS you can to practice and hone your craft, that nagging feeling that your writing is poop on a plate will strengthen your resolve to strengthen your skill set, and no matter WHO you are, THAT’S A GOOD THING.

As much as the ‘I’m a terrible writer feels’ can, well, feel, they help to keep you grounded. Because no one likes a know-it-all. And nowadays especially (thank you Social Media), being a writer means you need to network, network, network. Which means people can’t hate you. Occasional bouts of ‘I suck’ keep the ego-beast away and help you be relatable. WIN. 

What I’m trying to say is, there are days that you are going to feel like the worst writer on the planet. Then there will be days that you are amazed at your sheer brilliance and wit and prose, and, and, and. And then there will be days where you experience both of those emotions and every emotion in between.

That’s what writing is about.

The good days encourage you to persevere, the bad days challenge you to be better. What’s important is that you never give up.

The world needs your story. The world needs your words. You were given your passion for writing for a reason, don’t lock it up.

Ever. 

What do you think? How do you deal with the Writer Feels? What have they done for your writing? Comment and share below!  While you’re there, if you haven’t already, come visit me on social media! I’d love to connect and commiserate over ALL THE FEELS with you! Otherwise, I will see you guys next week! 

Until then, happy writing!

JM Sullivan

Teacher by day, award-winning author by night, J.M. Sullivan is a fairy tale fanatic who loves taking classic stories and turning them on their head. She has a passion for the writing community and loves empowering and encouraging other authors on social media with #AuthorConfession. When she’s not buried in her laptop, you can find her watching scary movies with her husband, playing with her kids, or serving homage to her cats. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect with J.M., you can find her on her website www.jmsullivanbooks.com, on social media at @jmsullivanbooks, or by joining the fun at #AuthorConfession--she’d love to hear from you.

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