writing problemsWriting problems are the bane of every writer’s existence. You’ve probably felt that loss of self-esteem and spirit, which decreases your drive to keep writing. They make you stop, think twice and question your abilities. Do I deserve to keep writing? Do I belong to this community of writers?

If you’ve doubted yourself in the same way, you’ve probably encountered some psychological writing problems. You’ve probably thought that you will never be successful.

But here’s a fact: these problems are not something you should worry about. These problems speak only with the voice and belief of detractors, whether real or imaginary. They aren’t unbiased and objective reflections of your true gift.

If you have a great idea, don’t allow these writing problems overwhelm you. Keep going. The trick is to control them.

Get the Right Mindset

Start by understanding that these problems are all part of a negative mindset. A perspective that can get us started is from this quote by British short story writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1932):

“I have written practically nothing yet, and now again the time is getting short. There is nothing done. I am no nearer my achievement than I was two months ago, and I keep half doubting my will to perform anything. Each time I make a move my demon says at almost the same moment: Oh yes, we’ve heard that before!”

If these emotions and reflections from the past sound familiar, it’s because even the best of writers become plagued with writing problems. Thinking negatively is an enemy that has reasons and defenses of its own. When your problems break your confidence and attacks you on your journey to success, you have to take a deep breathe.

They stem from foreign thoughts. But you are in control of your own thoughts. You are in charge of how you think.

Solve Writing Problems

Now that we’ve established that your writing problems come from a negatively influenced mindset, we need to start controlling it.

The first step is to decide. Decide to act on it. Say that you will ignore these unwanted mental murmurs. Have conviction in saying you will continue to believe in yourself.

As Cherith Powell and Greg Forde said, “Whatever action we take is first of all determined by our thoughts, so if we change our thoughts, we can change the way we behave.”

So change your way of thinking. Solve these writing problems by acting on these decisions. Discipline your attitude by always saying “I can”. There’s no guarantee of fast growth, but this inner voice will keep you motivated slowly by surely.

And translate this mindset to tangible change. Keep writing until it is second nature. Actually produce that written piece that your writing problems are pulling down.

As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” So make submission and publishing a natural extension of your writing habits. Even if it’s just in small publications, these submissions will help you define what you want. It will lead to self and peer validation.

And move away from your psychological beasts by sharpening and stimulating your mind. Other writers would give the same advice: write, write, and write.

Lastly, inspire yourself against these writing problems. Study the lives of other people. Not everyone started successful. In fact, most of them thought they wouldn’t make it, being told by critics that they didn’t belong. And yet they succeeded.

Shift from the mockery of your thoughts to real sources of inspiration. Overcome these feelings of inefficiency.

These little habits will help you overcome your writing problems.

Working on the Essay

So when you’ve worked through your problems, or even when you’re still working through them, you can write essays.

I personally love essays –whether it’s reading, checking, or even teaching how to write them. Essays come from the French word “essai”, which means attempt or effort or sketch.

The essence of essays is that they are a personal attempt to give an impression on some issue. It provides a degree of freedom and creativity that you won’t find in other academic assignments. You can write on any topic, in any style, with your own point-of-view. It gives you the ability to express your personality, feelings, thoughts and life through your words. Essays are also a unique chance to reasonably debate with others in the academe.

But it’s not easy. You need an original and captivating opinion to build your essay. And you also need to develop the different aspects of the essay, such as:

  • Title of the Essay – This doesn’t necessarily have to be the same as the essay topic, but it should be the starting point of your reflection. It should express some meaning of the essay as a whole.
  • Style of the Essay – How your essay is written shows many things. It’s your personal perception of the world. So it can be aphoristic, paradoxical and figurative. You can use unpredictable conclusions, turning points and series of events to enrich your essay. And to be more dynamic, add supporting evidence and questions.
  • Impact of the Essay – And an essay should have impact on its readers. It should be brief, but not simplistic or monotonous. So read aloud your essay to identify and get rid of rough details.

By empowering yourself against writing problems, you can begin your journey writing what you love.

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