To Write, or Not to Write

by Kimberly P.

I have a confession to make.

I call myself a writer, but have been unable to write for months now. Oh, it isn’t due to writer’s block, or failing to find time, or even the crippling weight of existential dread that constantly hangs over my head.

It’s simply that I despise every word I put down on the page. It just never seems good enough.

Does this scene make sense?

Ugh, did I just use that word, again?

What if everyone hates my story?

Am I just a no-talent hack?

It’s times like this where I turn to the experts. My current guru is Ursula K. Le Guin’s in Conversations on Writing. Originating from three interviews with David Naimon, Le Guin helps soothe my crippling doubt by sharing stories of her own challenges and triumphs throughout her career. Her intimate insights and candor during Naimon’s interviews serve as thoughtful examinations of the art of writing, representation, and writing as a political act.

No matter where I am in the writing process, I find it comforting to know that I can turn to others who have come before me for advice, perspective, and encouragement in a particularly lonely craft.

At Sno-Isle, we’re pleased to offer Write Now courses now through December to help aspiring authors with their burning questions. Whether it’s writing a synopsis, revision, securing an agent, or navigating the intricacies of self-publishing, we’re here to help. Browse through our event calendar to find classes offered at a library near you.

In the meantime, check out my list of writers on writing for inspiration managing your own work in progress. Good Luck!

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8 responses to “To Write, or Not to Write”

  1. Jackie P. says:

    I’ll just leave this here, for you, on what would be Ray Bradburry’s 98th birthday: https://lithub.com/ray-bradburys-greatest-writing-advice/

  2. Lindsey A. says:

    I’ve been having the same problem, Kim! Every year I tell myself I’m going to start and finish something, even a short story, but I never manage to find the time. I probably read too many books (she says as she adds more books to her TBR)! Speaking of which, I have The Thorn Necklace at home but I haven’t cracked it open yet. Francesca Lia Block was my writing inspiration as a teenager, so maybe she’ll have some helpful advice! I need to check out that Le Guin book, too. Thanks for the recs!

    • Kimberly P. says:

      I’m glad to know I’m not alone! I also keep adding books to my TBR pile under the guise it’s for ummm…. “research”! Right? ‘Cause being a voracious reader helps make you a better writer…. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Except for my actual stories. I just stare at them languishing between love and hate.

  3. Shannon says:

    …I feel called-out. I’ve had the “Conversations on Writing” Le Guin book at home for months and I haven’t finished it yet. *hangs head in shame*

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