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A bit discouraged

I‘m having one of those “discouraged about my writing” times – you know, where you wonder if all the effort you’re putting in is ever going to be enough… whether anyone really cares to hear what you have to say and, perhaps the better question, whether you actually have anything of value to say… whether your work will ever measure up and be as good as so-and-so’s… whether you shouldn’t just keep a private journal and leave it at that.

I don’t feel this way all that often – most of the time blogging is something I love, something that just feels right to me – but it does hit me now and then, and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this way.

My goal for getting past this particular downtime is going to be to do unto others – to visit and comment on some other blogs, to find and support some other writers, to get out of my own little puddle of self-pity and think of someone else. Even if it doesn’t work in terms of getting me out of this mood, at least I can hope that I bring a smile to someone else’s face!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Agatha January 7, 2012

    It’s a great technique, actually. Not only do you get to feel good about making other people feel good (thanks for the comment, btw!), but you get to do one of the most important things required to learn and grow as a writer – read. 🙂

    As far as I can tell from the writers I know, all of us get that. Therre is a magnificent quote by Stephen Pressfield from “The War of Art”: “If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends) ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ Chances are, you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

    • Dawn January 7, 2012

      I LOVE that quote… thank you so much!

  • Nannette January 7, 2012

    Wow you must be reading my mind. I felt the exact same way for the past 24 hours. I love that quote that Agatha mentioned as well. I’ve tried to give up blogging but I’ve been doing it for five years now, I guess I will never stop. Even if no one reads what I write, whatever I have inside must come out somehow. This is the only way I know how to do it.

    • Dawn January 7, 2012

      I hear you, Nannette! It’s nice to have an audience, but the writing has to happen regardless.

  • Nathan Burgoine January 7, 2012

    I’m familiar with the feeling – but I definitely like your idea. That’s a habit I need to pick up.

    • Dawn January 7, 2012

      I’m always surprised by just how well it works to lift one’s spirits! I need to do that more often.

  • Becky January 7, 2012

    I understand perfectly. Sometimes it feels like all the words just fall into a great black hole somewhere. Then comments start popping up, and I know people are reading and reacting. I think we got spoiled in the old days of LJ, when everybody’s journals were so busy.

    Now it’s all Twitter-fast-fast-Facebook–fast–fast. Reading and responding to blogs takes more commitment.

    • Dawn January 7, 2012

      *nods*

      You hit the nail on the head, Becky!

  • Elizabeth January 8, 2012

    These days, I usually read from my phone, so I tend not to comment as much as I did in the past. Something I should try to remedy!

    Keep up the writing. You are such an inspiration!

    • Dawn January 8, 2012

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth! 🙂

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