On Trusting Your Writer’s Instincts
If you’re like me, you continually seek out information, tips, success stories and guidance on how to be a better writer. What to do, what to avoid, how others handle challenges and generally navigate the writing life. Part of this is because we seek community. Writing is a solitary vocation.
But I also suspect that part of this is because we second-guess ourselves. We’re looking for a magical key that will guarantee us that our work is good. And what do we mean by good? Accepted by others. Validated as writers. Assured that we can do this.
One would think communicating through the written word wouldn’t be so hard.
But I don’t think it’s the writing itself that is hard.
Rather, it’s expression and self-trust. Knowing what to say. Deciding we’ve said it in the best way possible. Grappling with words, phrases, structure, characters – all while keeping a sense of wonder, magic, beauty, flow. Because writing that moves a reader comes from Spirit and Love and Heart and Emotion. And those things only flow through us when we’re listening, choosing, selecting, trusting, deciding. We only allow those things to flow through us when we’re brave enough to trust ourselves to embody them.
That’s where the struggle comes from. Embodying the work, the story, living with and in it, and giving it a voice.
Accepting that we’re the only one who can say it. Trusting that we’ve communicated and translated the Story we’ve received.
Accepting our destiny. Listening. Perceiving. Intuiting.
Deciding. Being a writer comes down to one thing: deciding. Anyone can just keep on writing.
A writer becomes a writer when she makes the decision that the story is done.
And trusts that decision to be right.
How have you learned to trust your writer’s instincts? Comment and let me know.