This blog so far has concentrated on the many ways we are discouraged or encouraged to write.
Today, we will begin looking at the processes both mental and physical that help or hinder writing as a calling.
The first, and most pressing mental process, for many writers is doubt. Like any art, writing starts in our emotions and the way we process what we see and what we believe about ourselves and the world around us. If you set arbitrary goals that feed guilt or write down deadlines that make you anxious rather than energized, they only serve as constant reminders of supposed failure.
Write one word at a time, instead of setting deadlines. Make a sentence the triumph each day. If all else fails, write down your frustrations. Any and all writing is valid.