Proactive Interactive AntiResistance Support

Any of this sound familiar? Tell you what: I’ll include checkboxes so you can keep track. How many of these have you experienced in your writing life during the past two years?

Never finding the time to write
Making the time but not writing
Dreaming of writing but never getting started
Starting but never finishing
Starting but never finishing that one particular piece; you know the one I mean
Thinking you can do it without help
Thinking you’re beyond help
A love/hate relationship with your writing
Focusing on unhelpful negative feedback and ignoring positive feedback
Focusing on positive feedback and ignoring helpful negative feedback
Wanting to write deep but writing shallow
Writing for others instead of yourself
Writing for money but not treating it like a business
Reading about writing instead of writing
Seeking out feedback before you’re ready
Seeking out the wrong level of feedback
Ongoing health challenges
    Unexplained fatigue (physical or mental)
    Mysterious illness (a neverending or recurring cold or flu)
    Injuries (constant little accidents)
    Addiction of any kind (substance, activities, self-destructive habits)

How many did you check? Type the number right here:

Is it more than zero?

If it is, you’re facing Resistance.

I checked 17 boxes. SEVENTEEN.

I’m facing Resistance.

You’re facing Resistance.

Don’t do it alone.

If you’d like to join me in not doing it alone, join the AntiResistance Resistance.

And if you’d like to start right now, show your fellow writers they’re not alone: post your score as a comment below.

 

15 thoughts on “Proactive Interactive AntiResistance Support

  1. If my math is correct I too checked 17.

    In other words we’ve all been there but at times it feels like we’re the only one. Writing is tough. There is no other way around it. But writer’s are a tough bunch. We keep attacking it and that impresses the hell out of me. That’s why I surround myself with writer’s. I like their style. Nothing slows them down.

    Good stuff as always.

  2. Ahh, this is just (what’s new, I know) hilarious, Joel, thanks.

    I marked about 25 of them :).

    And as usual also, I wonder if I even want to be a writer. If I really wanted to?–I’d bloody be doing it.

    Note: I checked “thinking you’re beyond help”…

    Be back soon!!

    xo

    1. I’d say if you marked 25 items on a list of 20, we gotta talk . . . maybe I’ll add one final item:

      [ ] Questioning whether you even really want to be a writer

      But then you might poke me with a stick.

  3. While I only checked 6, I don’t feel like I have any special gifts or talents. All it takes is one of those items to blow a writing project, and I feel like I have 6 too many! Thanks for this exercise Joel.

    1. I think fiction writers probably face more challenges because of the more emotional aspects of the writing. When I was writing business books it wasn’t quite such a big deal. Thanks for stopping by, Larry.

  4. I checked 7, Joel. The first two are the most difficult though home situation interference undermines any determination I can muster on any given day. The last items in your list are the result of that situation. I keep trying to overcome not writing deep or deeply enough by reading books on writing hoping the ‘how-to’ will bury itself inside me someday. I even go so far as copying writing tip articles from different authors to have o hand to refer to when I want some information. I don’t afford classes or many books. I use the library but after I’ve read a book I have forgotten most of it’s contents’ information. Other and a major resistive factor slowing me for finishing is the marketing and cost of publishing any of my writing.

    1. Make the most of the time and tools you have, Eleanor. Nobody’s ever going to have perfect circumstances, and for some of us it’s harder than others. Chip away at any you can take steps toward changing, and chip away at your writing whenever and however you can.

  5. As Joel says, Eleanor – keep chipping away at it! You can do this :)
    And, beware of ‘fearing the costs’ because 1) it’s probably not quite really ‘fear’ – how does “I don’t know what it will cost…” feel to you? 2) I find that even an answer of “It depends” or “There’s no way of knowing, yet” satisfies my nosy/scared of the answer brain. 3) It’s not difficult to find an/the answer – ask somebody (Joel?)

  6. I checked 11 items. In a nutshell, I have gone from writing for enjoyment, self-discovery, healing and/or sharing because I had to, to “writing has become drudgery because I have to.” Right now I am a stubborn, rebellious child who keeps me from the mature, insightful talented writer I desire to be. Several months ago my living arrangement was invaded by a roommate’s adult child who had no place to go. I lost privacy, the use of our common area including the large table where I concentrated, sorted and edited, and most of all the peace and quiet I had enjoyed previously for several hours a day. This person commandeered the living room and the television with loud “shoot-em-up”, screaming, shouting, booming, shooting video games and cartoons. (This is a grown man!!) There is no door on the room where I write so I couldn’t close myself off. At first, I felt helpless and put upon, then angry, then resigned and gave up trying to concentrate and make progress with my writing. That person has been gone for several weeks, but I am still in “stuck mode.” I’ve tried just sitting down and starting to write anything, even nonsense for five or so minutes. The feeling just isn’t there and everything I write is, in my opinion, silly, trite and meaningless. I just can’t seem to get out of my own way.

    1. You need time to heal emotionally. I treasure my privacy and quiet. Losing that for a time would be hard indeed.

      Researcher James Pennebaker found a way to use writing to help with this, and yes, I understand we’re using writing to get you writing :)

      For the next four weeks, sit down and write about what happened, the incidents in your comment above. For instance, next Monday, journal what happened, however briefly. Following Monday, journal it again (don’t go back and read what you wrote before; just write fresh.)

      On the fifth Monday, read through them in order and see how you feel about the incident. And then come talk to me and we can make sure you got the benefit this exercise offers. I suspect you will.

      I know that’s a long time to wait, but you’ve been off track so long, this won’t be any worse than continuing to suffer as you have been.

      1. Thanks, Joel. Sounds like good advice from someone who has had experience with writer’s block! I’ll give it a try.

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