The house is dirty.

The kids are sick.

You’ve got bills to pay, so you’re working overtime.

You’re not sure what to write.

You’re afraid.

You’re tired.

If you feel like you’ve got a million reasons not to write, you’re not alone. 

The truth is, all writers feel this way from time to time.

But when you don’t write, resistance wins.

What’s resistance? It’s the thing that stops you from creating.

It’s the thing that wants you to be lazy and to accomplish nothing but binge-watching Netflix for hours while eating crazy amounts of ice cream.

Resistance is what turns your treadmill into a clothes rack.

It’s what stops you before you start doing something.

Resistance loves to drop nasty thoughts in your mind like the following:

You’re not creative. 

You’re not smart. 

You’re not rich enough. 

You can’t do tough things. 

You are a failure. 

You’ll never be able to finish your book. 

Each of these is a lie. The problem is, when you don’t immediately call these thoughts out as a lie, they stick with you. They grow and fester in the back of your mind. Some of your friends, colleagues and even family members may believe some of these lies.

But believing a lie doesn’t make it true. It just means you believe a lie.

And, sadly, most writers fall into this trap.

Writers love to think deeply and feel deeply and are often emotionally driven. With that comes the potential for self-sabotage because of those deep-seeded lies buried within.

I say it’s time to stop believing lies. It’s time to write our hearts out, even if that means writing for five minutes. It’s time to write on the toilet instead of browsing Instagram or watching a video on Youtube.

Repeat me: some writing always beats no writing.

You’ve got this!

Jim Woods, an author, freelance writer and writing coach who loves helping others share and tell better stories.
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Jim Woods, an author, freelance writer and writing coach who loves helping others share and tell better stories.

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