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As a writer, there is one very important thing that I know to be true: always keep writing.
This may seem like a simple, somewhat obvious piece of advice, but it is what kills more stories than anything else. The fear of failure is the greatest writer’s block.
Even when a scene is tough, even when dialogue feels stiff and wrong, I have to keep writing. Because no one can tell the story I have etched into my brain. I am the only one who knows the characters, the settings, and the story.
This month is mental health awareness month, and while writing might seem completely unrelated, it isn’t.
The truth is that we are all living our own stories. And the stories may seem mundane and boring to us, but these stories are worth so much to the people around us.
You are the only one equipped to live your story. Even when conversations are hard and things feel like they will never get better, they will.
And things might not get better right away. That’s okay. I go through long periods with my book where writing is hard.
When this happens, I have to acknowledge the difficulty. I can retrace my steps to figure out where things went wrong. I can switch to another point of view or take the scene in another direction. Even though I have this idea of what the story should be like in my mind, it rarely ever looks like that in the end.
So, if you feel beaten down by life and are ready to give up, retrace your steps. Find a love for the things you used to love. Determine where and why it went wrong.
Or change your point of view. Go somewhere you would never go, talk to someone you would never have talked to, and explore a side of yourself that was completely hindered from your worldview previously.
You life is never going to look anything like your plans. You will have struggles and what I’m going to refer to as, ‘life’s block,’ but these things will ultimately make your story stronger.
You are the only one who can live out your story.
This mental health awareness month, how are you living out your story?