Becoming an established writer is a difficult process. In addition to the external obstacles every writer faces along the way, there are mental roadblocks that some of us throw into our own path, making the journey even harder. Do any of these attitudes sound familiar to you?
1. We obsess over minor problems or issues to the point it’s hard to move on with our project.
2. We measure our worth as a writer by the number of stories, articles, or novels, we have published.
3. We set unreasonably high standards for ourselves, and feel like failures when we can’t meet them.
4. We let one incident, or a few rejections, tarnish our outlook on the future.
5. We take rejection or criticism of our writing as a personal affront.
6. We minimize our accomplishments by focusing on what we could have done better instead of what we have done well.
7. We become discouraged when we compare what we’ve done with how much someone else has achieved.
8. We insist our way is the right way instead of keeping our minds open to other possibilities.
9. We blame others for not recognizing our talent instead of working harder to improve our craft.
10. We expect to be treated fairly without recognizing that fairness is often subjective.
Looking at our situation objectively may help us overcome a negative attitude and act as a positive step towards success. And success is something we must define for ourselves.
What does success as a writer mean to you? Do you think it’s the amount of money you earn, the number of things you’ve had published, the fame you’ve acquired, or what? What stumbling blocks have you encountered along your writing journey?