When you don’t feel like writing should be the exact time that you’re writing
I’ve been writing for 14 days straight now. I’m almost halfway through this 30-day blogging challenge. My love for writing has been rebirthed through publishing every single day. It has invoked emotions into my soul that I forgot were there.
I click “New Story”. My thoughts tumble out in all their chaos onto the white canvas. I allow myself to be vulnerable in front of the screen staring back at me, overthinking what I write is no longer an option. In order to get a sentence or two onto the page, I have to defy all self-doubt. When I doubt myself I’m only sabotaging who I’m growing into.
Those two words are enough to make any writer cry. Writer’s block is an appalling paralysis that will absolutely destroy any person destined to greatness. Unless he can recognize the symptoms soon enough and begin treatment on it, the horrible disease will grow until it consumes his very being.
In other words, we must all defy the Resistance that rears its ugly head every day in your direction. Resistance comes in all forms. Procrastination is the biggest side effect of Resistance.
In his beautifully written book, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield lays out the steps to becoming a great writer.
Sit down to write.
“There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.
Eugene Schwartz, the greatest copywriter to ever live used this system. It enabled him to write nine books, hundreds of successful ads, and countless articles for well-known publications all over the world.
He’d set a timer for 33.3 minutes and sit down. He couldn’t do anything else but write. He could stare at the wall or at the blank screen in front of him. He could drink his coffee. Once he got bored enough, he’d start to write. Then once the timer went off he could do anything he wanted for 10 minutes, and then he’d restart the timer. He used this system 5 days a week for three hours each day.
Research was fuel but sitting down to write was the actual strike of the match that ignited the fire of his books or articles.
Resistance can’t be seen but it is felt as a horrible sinking, negative force. Distracting, preventing, and shoving us away from doing our work. Resistance hates anything great it rises from within. It's your worst enemy from the inside, and it will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It’ll do anything in its power to keep you from sitting down and actually writing.
Everyone struggles with Resistance but once you master the fear that comes from your individual situation. Resistance has no strength of its own. It can only control you if you let it. So fight the Resistance.