I had occasion to send some encouraging words to a demotivated writer today. Why is that something of note? Because it’s ironic; I myself am somewhat of a demotivated writer. I struggle with all kinds of fears and misgivings about writing. A lot of the blocks I am dealing with are real ones – stress of a military deployment, health issues, school, work, personal issues – but a lot of those blocks are also psychological (e.g. “What’s the point? I really don’t write very well at all – not enough to make a difference.”)
My advice to the
“If you have a story that seems worth telling, and you think you can tell it worthily, then the thing for you to do is to tell it.”
~ Dashiell Hammett
Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of detective novels and a screenplay writer. He created one of the most well-known fictional detectives of the 30′s, Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon.
Hammett gave himself permission to write. He believed in himself, his creativity and his story enough to tell it. The questions is, do you believe in yourself, your creativity and your story? If you do,