You’re Not a Terrible Writer If…

Hey there, Arrowheads! How is 2023 treating you so far?

Personally, I have mixed feelings about this year already, but I know God will carry me through it. ❀

One of the reasons for my mixed feelings about 2023 is that, lately, I haven’t felt motivated to write my current WIP, On the Flip Side, and I’ve felt like a terrible writer for it.

If you’re currently feeling like you’re a terrible writer too, this post is for you, my friend. Let’s use these affirmations to motivate us as we march through the new year. πŸ™‚

You’re not a terrible writer if it takes you months or years to write your first draft.

Honing your craft takes time, and if you need more time, take it. There are no rules that say you have to finish your WIP in X amount of time. Do what you need to do, and try to enjoy the journey.

You’re not a terrible writer if you don’t write every day, or even every week.

Life is BUSY, and sometimes, there are seasons where other things have to take priority over maintaining a strict writing regime, and that’s perfectly okay. If you’re in a season like this, take a breath, and remember that every little bit of progress you make on your book, even if you’re only writing a handful of days out of the month, is still pushing you towards the finish line.

You’re not a terrible writer just because one person doesn’t like what you have written.

Mean spirited critics are everywhere, and will criticize you over the dumbest things. While constructive criticism is helpful and offers solutions to legitimate problems, destructive criticism, like “you suck at writing” or “I hate that trope you included” can go out with the trash. Mute, block, or delete anyone who purposely makes you feel like you’re a terrible writer. Do whatever you need to do, and prove them wrong by writing your heart out and smashing your goals.

You’re not a terrible writer if you’ve never won NaNoWriMo.

If you’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), or have participated and have never won the challenge by writing 50,000 words in the 30-day time frame, don’t beat yourself up over it. No one who wins NaNo is crowned “Queen of the Writers” or anything like that, and it shouldn’t make you feel like you’re missing out if you haven’t participated in/won the challenge.

You’re not a terrible writer if your first draft is a hotter mess than a dumpster fire.

First drafts are always giant piles of poo, for every single writer ever. You’re not the first writer to think that about your writing, and you certainly won’t be the last. That’s what editing is for. You can polish your manuscript later, you just need to get the story out first. πŸ™‚

Talk to Me, Arrowheads!

I hope these five You’re Not a Terrible Writer If… phrases helped you in some shape or form. If you have any of your own that you’d like to share, feel free to drop them in the comments below!

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson πŸ˜€

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10 thoughts on “You’re Not a Terrible Writer If…

  1. Great points! Thank you for brining up this topic, especially about being in a busy season and not having enough time to write. I’ve found that if I’m faithful to God with my time (keeping priorities in their right order), eventually He majorly blesses my time to write (whether it’s allowing me to write a massive amount in a short time once I FINALLY get that short time or giving me an hour a day for months to work regularly – but waiting for those times can be hard!). Good for you for focusing on God and your husband first πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, and that is exactly right about being faithful to God with time! πŸ™‚ I’ve been struggling with writing lately, but over the past couple weeks, I’ve looked at it more with an “I want to honor God with this” mindset rather than an “I’m writing this book because it needs to be written” mindset, and it has helped a ton. πŸ™‚

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  2. Realising there’s no set time for anything has been the most important aspect for me. Been working on my WIP for about 8 years now and have felt like I’ve forgotten how to write anything else, but some writers just need to take that much time and there’s nothing wrong with that. Thank you for your post! 😁

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