In the first post in this series, we talked about the chances that any given person will work as an author.
You can either head to the link to read the post, or you can read this quick recap: The fraction of people who get to be writers and authors is astronomically small, if you compare the number of Americans working currently in the field with the population of the United States. Ergo, the chances of working as a writer/author are slim to none. (About .0004 percent, as we worked out in the previous post.)
You should just give up now.
No! Wait! Come back! (Says the writer who almost never became a writer.) There IS hope.
And it’s in the titular 5-Perfect Rule.
If you’ve heard of the 5-Percent Rule but have no idea what it means, you’re in luck: I’m here to scare the bejeezus out of you.
Ready to be terrified?
Okay, not really. Actually, if you can take the time to read this post all the way through before freaking out, I think you’ll be pretty ding-dang encouraged!
Using the 5-Percent Rule is actually an awesome way to beat your competition, stand out and become the writer and person you’ve always longed to be.
If you’ve ever jumped on Pinterest to figure out how to organize your writing space, then you have already had this experience:
Oh em gee, what is this light, bright, white and beautiful room that I can never have for myself??? I had no idea deer antlers could be used to [insert insanely creative idea]! I desperately wish I could refinish an old dresser and turn it into a drawer for holding my disused manuscripts and …
And there’s your problem.
In the first post of this mini-series, we talked about how hard it is to maintain writing enthusiasm, and why we so often feel like running away instead. We also discussed a few tips for keeping enthusiasm high when it feels impossible.
Now, I want to talk about a much bigger issue when it comes to creativity: the yips.
Let’s not beat around the bush: At some point in any project, and more likely at many points in the project, you will experience a sudden and complete disinterest in the work.
Sometimes actual hatred.
Yes, it happens.
That’s natural, because work is really freaking hard and typically we’d rather do easy things. Thanks caveman brain. That means you will lose your ability to maintain writing enthusiasm at some point.
First, let’s acknowledge the obvious: I have really good hair today.
Wait, no. You can’t see my hair. That was totally for a different book. (Kidding. I could never write an entire book about having good hair, because I don’t have it. Now my sister, on the other hand, could give lessons in good hair. Buuuuuut that’s not really why you’re here, is it?)
What we really need to acknowledge is this: Creative work is difficult. It’s hard for all of us. It’s novel and frightening and you never know quite how it’s going to turn out until the very end. Frankly, it’s not calculated to make a person feel very comfortable.
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