Bart: I thought you came here looking for a challenge.
Lisa: Duh! A challenge I could do!
– The Secret War of Lisa Simpson: The Simpsons, Season Eight, Episode 25
This is me exactly. I want a challenge. But it had better not be too much of a challenge! It can’t be frustrating and should be completed in a reasonable amount of time (i.e. ten minutes, tops). And I’d better be really, really good at it.
Those are the kinds of challenges I like.
Are those the kinds of challenges you like as well?
We know that challenges help us grow stronger. If everything came to us easily, we wouldn’t really learn anything. We know that, but my goodness, I really do wish things would be a little easier sometimes.
If you’re being challenged by your writing, that’s very normal and very human. You are not alone. Be honest about your frustration. Take a moment to breathe and centre yourself. Then find a way to reconnect with your work. For me, it’s the above quote. It makes me laugh and reminds me that some things just take time, no matter how much I’d like to rush the process. For you, it might also be a quote. It could also be a picture, aperson or a particular work. Or a variety of things.
Whatever it is, remember that you’re not alone, you’re doing just fine and to keep on writing.
For extra smiles, here’s an adorable comic series:
Ichabod the Optimistic Canine by Ayla StarDragon.
Ichabod loves life and turns every challenge into an opportunity. Truly a role model for us all.
Questions? Suggestions? Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.