Writing Honestly? Are You Being Honest With Yourself?

By on March 26, 2021

Writing honestly can be tough, but being honest about your writing is even tougher. We all know that if you want to make it as a professional writer, you need to be willing to put the time and effort in. This applies to those who want to become authors as well as those who want to make a living writing through article writing, blogging, and so on.

We know that the competition is fierce. We know that finding time to write can be a challenge. We also know that if we don’t persevere and don’t continue to push ourselves we might never get anywhere. 

However, the harsh truth is that many writers aren’t successful because they aren’t honest with how much they put in. When we are writing honestly, we can own up to the fact that we need to put more effort in. We can complain and feel disheartened about not getting anywhere. However, if we really look at ourselves, and ask the important questions, we might find that we aren’t doing as much as we should. 

So if you are feeling as though your writing progress is slow, perhaps it is time you asked yourself the following:

Do you make time for it?

Be real with yourself for a moment. Are you really making time for your writing? Are you really prioritizing it over tasks? The truth is that most of us could make more space in our lives for writing. If we want to progress, and hit our goals, then it’s time we did. 

Are you too critical?

Are you being fair with yourself about your work? Your self-critic can be your worst enemy. You need to learn how to keep them at bay, or at least pay as little attention to them as possible. Because if you are constantly down on yourself and your work, you are going to find it very challenging to keep motivated.

Do you make time to learn?

Writing is a skill and it is one you need to practice but also learn about. Taking the time to invest in your learning, to better understand the craft, to master the language you write in, to learn the tricks of the trade, and so on are all important. So not only do you need to write, but you need to learn bout writing too.

Do you give it your all?

When you write are you focused? Do you eliminate distractions? Do you really give it everything you have got? Unless you can answer yes to all the above, you still have a way to go.

Do you edit properly?

When you edit your work, do you do so as thoroughly as possible? Do you edit more than once? Do you always ensure your work is completely perfect before you try to publish it? Again, taking pride in your work and putting the hours into the editing process will pay off hugely in the long run.

By being a little harsh with yourself, you may realize that you aren’t really being honest about how much you dedicate yourself to the writing process, so now the question is; what are you going to do about it? 

Now you understand all about writing honestly, let's look at the hard truths every writer must face.

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