Know Thine Enemy, Part 2

Of course, there’s really only one thing that keeps us from writing and that’s us.

The only thing we’re working against is ourselves. We call it Resistance or writer’s block or a paradigm because that makes it easier to understand. We say we’re too busy, we don’t have time, we’re too tired, we don’t have the money, we don’t get enough support and so on. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that isn’t true. When we have a burning desire to do something, we do it. Period.

If there’s a TV show we love, we find time to watch the next episode. If there’s a new gizmo we really want, we find the money to get it.

Writing is no different. If we really want to be professional authors we’ve got to realize that all the things that we say are keeping us from writing are merely convenient excuses. They allow us to shirk our responsibility and place blame on someone or something outside of ourselves.

Professionals know the truth and it’s simply this: I have seen the enemy, and she is me.

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

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