Writers never worry. Right? No, that's all wrong. Writers do worry. A lot!
What do they worry about? Look at this list and you'll probably be nodding your head if some of them hit home.
We worry that:
- we will never be a published author
- we cannot measure up to professionals
- we aren't up to writing with proper mechanics
- other writers far surpass our abilities
- we aren't growing as a writer
- we don't get enough emotion in what we write
- we don't hook our readers immediately
- we aren't able to write a full novel
- we don't have enough time to write as much as we'd like to
- our vocabulary is not up to that of other writers
- editors will hate our submissions
- we aren't very good at revising and editing our first drafts
The list could go on and on but you get the idea. All those worries are definitely a waste of time. Writers have a lot of doubt and insecurity, especially in the beginning stage of our writing journey. Even those who have published a lot have some of the same doubts. You can probably add to this list with other parts of the writing life that you worry about.
I love this quote. It is so true. Worry gets us nowhere fast. It is a total waste of time. Instead of worrying, we need to step back and take long, hard look at all the problems in the list above. Tackle them one at a time. Don't attempt to do it all at once. If you do, you will do more than worry. You might have a total meltdown. In all of our writing life, we need to tackle problems a little here, a little there. We can't climb Mt Everest in one day and we can't solve all these problems in one day either.