Writing is a profession that can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be incredibly uncertain. There are times when it feels like everything is going according to plan, and other times when nothing seems to be going right. As an aspiring writer, it’s important to be able to deal with uncertainty which, I know, is easier said than done. Here are 7 ways I deal. I hope they can help you too.
- Know that it’s totally normal
Uncertainty is a natural part of the creative process, and it’s something that all writers experience. Sometimes we find ourselves writing and we have no idea where the story is going, or if it even is a story. Sometimes ideas fall flat. It’s all part of the job description. Instead of fighting the uncertainty, try to accept it and even appreciate it. Uncertainty can lead to new ideas and new directions.
- Have a plan
While uncertainty is a natural part of the creative process, having a plan can help you feel more in control. Before you start writing, take some time to map out your goals and your strategy for achieving them. This can include setting deadlines, creating an outline, or even just making a to-do list. Having a plan in place can help you feel more focused and confident as you work.
- Stay focused on the present
When you’re dealing with uncertainty, it’s easy to get caught up in worrying about the future. However, this can be counterproductive. Instead of focusing on what might happen, try to stay focused on the present moment. This is the one of the main reasons I integrate mindfulness meditation into my writing practice. If you’re curious to give meditation a try, check out my free webinar on How to Banish Writer’s Block Forever. It’s a great way to dip your toe into mindfulness practice and see if it can help you stay in the present moment.
- Practice self-care
Dealing with uncertainty can be stressful, so it’s important to practice self-care. This can include getting enough sleep, eating well, and taking breaks when you need them. It’s also important to find ways to relax and unwind, such as practicing yoga or meditation, going for a walk, or spending time with friends and family. Taking care of yourself can help you feel more resilient and better able to deal with uncertainty.
- Seek support
Writing can be a solitary profession, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Seek out support from other writers, whether it’s through a writing group, online forum, or social media. Having a community of writers to turn to can be incredibly helpful when you’re feeling uncertain or overwhelmed. They can offer advice, encouragement, and support when you need it most.
- Focus on what you can control
When you’re dealing with uncertainty, it’s important to focus on what you can control. While you can’t control everything, there are things you can do to increase your chances of success. This might include setting realistic goals, creating a writing schedule, or seeking feedback from others. By focusing on what you can control, you can feel more empowered and better equipped to deal with uncertainty.
- Stay positive
Finally, it’s important to stay positive. Writing can be a challenging profession, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Instead of getting bogged down in negativity, try to focus on the positives. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may be, and remind yourself why you love writing in the first place. By staying positive, you can maintain a sense of optimism and hope, even in the face of uncertainty.
Remember that uncertainty is a natural part of the creative process, and that by working through it, you will become a stronger and more successful writer.