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Your worst enemy | C. S. Won

The world is against you. There’s no point in denying it. When you factor in the sheer number of things that can harm you in many different ways, I think that should make it obvious. Physically, emotionally, mentally – Life is a constant struggle. It’s a battle to survive.

But in writing, it’s a bit different. The world doesn’t really care if you want to write. There’s very little stopping us from sitting down and writing. It’s an isolated, intimate venture, one that doesn’t require approval or permission from anyone. Yes, there’s a few external factors that can deter you, like a bad review, but for the most part that can be ignored.

But that isolation and intimacy can be a struggle in itself, because your deep in your own head. You analyze, pick apart, and examine every part of yourself. You become your own worst enemy. Doubt clouds your head. Uncertainty leads to crippling procrastination. Insecurity leads to negativity. You question your skill, talent, and drive. You wonder if you’re wasting your time. You beat yourself up.

The world may be against you, but there’s no worse critic in this world than yourself.

Writing can be a harrowing thing. It’s certainly not easy. If it was, then everyone would be doing it. There’s no template you can follow that’ll show you the steps. There’s no singular, universal rule that’ll lay out the way before you. You simply have to find it on your own. You have to fight through the fog. There’s no easy way to muffle the dissenting voices in your head. You just have to simply put your head down, and get ready to fight. You have to embrace the struggle, because it’s going to happen one way or another. But if you manage to write out a complete draft, never mind publishing one, but just completing a draft, then that speaks volumes about the type of person you are. It’s an affirmation that you’re ready to fight, that you won’t buckle under the struggle. Sure, you’ll come out of it bloodied and beaten at the end of it, but at least you’ll know you’ve made it.

Writing is a journey, and often times a discovery of oneself. Do what you can with the struggle, and you’ll learn a thing or two about yourself.