After several weeks of not meeting my 2022 Writing Goal of writing between 2 to 8 hours every day, I began doubting my commitment to being a writer. Again.
I asked myself if I truly wanted to write. Because if I do, why am I not meeting my writing goal?
Except, this time I asked myself from a place of kindness and curiosity instead of blame and self-loathing. This seemingly tiny change had me seeking out answers from one of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Gilbert.
As for discipline – it’s important, but sort of over-rated. The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you. You will make vows: “I’m going to write for an hour every day,” and then you won’t do it. You will think: “I suck, I’m such a failure. I’m washed-up.” Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn’t take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness (which comes from a place of kind and encouraging and motherly love).Elizabeth Gilbert’s Thoughts on Writing
Thank you Liz for emphasizing that self-forgiveness is important! I am and will constantly be disappointing myself in the future, therefore it is essential for me to learn self-forgiveness.
Self-forgiveness and reminding myself of the reason I desire to write. What I also need is an encouraging writing manifesto that reminds me of why I want to become an author even though my writing ability has not yet caught up to all the stories I want to tell.
When I was writing “Eat, Pray, Love”, I had just as a strong a mantra of THIS SUCKS ringing through my head as anyone does when they write anything. But I had a clarion moment of truth during the process of that book. One day, when I was agonizing over how utterly bad my writing felt, I realized: “That’s actually not my problem.” The point I realized was this – I never promised the universe that I would write brilliantly; I only promised the universe that I would write. So I put my head down and sweated through it, as per my vows.Elizabeth Gilbert’s Thoughts on Writing
2022 Writing Manifesto
I want to spend the next 10 years of my life writing books that provide readers with an escape and hopefully a bit of inspiration for when life gets difficult. Books that the teen me and the teenager in me still, would love to read in one sitting. Every day, I will try to appreciate how much my writing has improved and not feel daunted by how much better it can be.
2022 Weekly Writing Task List
- Read 30 minutes of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic every week to keep me motivated to continue writing daily.
- Read 30 minutes of r/writing every week and join in the conversation if I feel I can add to it.
- Write daily about anything I want but it needs to be daily.
If a Writing Manifesto is not the answer for me to write daily, then I will continue seeking alternative solutions. I’m determined to become a writer!