The 2022 Daily Writing Challenge – February 18

2022 Daily Writing Challenge Winter
2022 Daily Writing Challenge

It never fails. Despite your best intentions and significant evidence to the contrary, you sit down to write, and negative thoughts encroach on your mind. Where does the insidious self-doubt come from? I’m afraid you might have encountered the same questions that plague me.

  • What if this doesn’t work?
  • What if I can’t find the words?
  • What if I write a cardboard character?
  • What if I make wrong decisions?
  • What if I can’t do justice to the vision in my head?
  • What if I have plot holes the size of Texas?
  • What if they hate it?
  • What if I hate it?
  • What if I’m a crappy writer?
  • What if it turns out terrible?

And we spiral into a pit of imagined scenarios. At the bottom, we smother our creativity under a thick blanket of imposter syndrome, and our daemons urge us to walk away. You are much safer eating a gallon of cookie dough ice cream and binge-watching the latest must-see tv series. Aren’t we?

But wait a minute — what if it turns out fine? Maybe I can write one sentence. Yes, maybe everything will turn out fine.

Did you write yesterday? Are you writing today?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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