Every writer has trouble writing.
We over think. We over plan. We over analyze. We over compare. We over doubt.
We can write, that isn’t the problem but it’s the other things that lead to us putting words down on the page that’s the problem. We get an idea and instead of just going with the idea we start thinking about what led to the idea – where will this idea go? We compare this idea with other ideas out there. We look into the world around us for how this idea would work in a story.
Writing words isn’t the problem. It is everything else.
If a writer just wrote the first thing that came to mind and ignored the world around them or the problems their brain is telling them to pay attention to, we would have a lot more writers out there. We would have a lot of those untold stories now sitting on shelves.
At least, that’s what I find my problem is with writing. When I’m writing something I always have things going on in my head. My brain is always asking if this is right, maybe Google that, or maybe you’re writing wrong.
What is writing wrong? Sure, bad grammar and poor sentence structure is a given… but if the story is being told and the readership is there can you really say that book is written wrong. Everyone has their own voice, their own style. Heck, I know my way of writing isn’t conventional. I know in my writing there is a lot of telling and very little showing, but my readership knows and enjoys that.
Yet, even though we know we all have a writing style as unique as us, we compare ourselves. We look for ways to improve – to change. Sometimes these can be good. Sometimes these changes can lead to our true writing voice, but sometimes we can get overwhelmed.
Improving writing style, changing it is fine… but don’t change it if you feel like your writing suits you. Write for you because if you don’t love what you’re writing, your readers won’t love reading it.
So, yeah, every writer I know has trouble writing because we writers are just to darn hard on ourselves. We’ve got to learn to be happy with ourselves.