This is Why You Need to Stop Getting Angry and Write Instead
How I learned to stop letting negative feelings obscure my desire to write.
What’s the first thing you do when you’re feeling too overwhelmed to think? Lately, I’ve noticed that when I’m having an off day or something is clouding my mind, keeping me from working, I completely zone out.
I can’t separate my negative feelings from overshadowing the writing I need to complete, or the steps I need to develop my career. My bad habits only worsen when I can’t focus, and I needed a way to start channeling that energy into something that made me feel good.
I stopped checking out of my work every time I felt angry, bothered, or unhappy. Instead, I put that energy right back into my words, writing down every feeling that washed over me, until things started making sense again.
I learned to stop thinking of writing as just a task I need to complete or wrapped up in a project that requires so much of my energy. I removed a lot of the pressure surrounding my writing to get back to writing in a way that didn’t feel so terrifying.
It started with learning to channel my frustration, and it turned into the wake-up call that forever changed the way I write.
Putting myself before my writing doesn’t always make me feel better
I’ve been told to step away from the screen and stop typing whenever I’m feeling down or upset. I end up spending so much time mulling over how terrible I feel that writing doesn’t seem to be the light at the end of the tunnel anymore.
I started to see that by putting my writing first, I could step away from the bad feelings for a little while once they were down on paper, so I could focus on creating the stories I care about.
Time away wasn’t the answer for me. It was reframing how I thought about writing and understanding that it doesn’t have to come with so much pressure to be beneficial to me in the long run.
I believe in myself a little more once I write something that matters
I still feel like an imposter sometimes. I still get upset over the little things, like knowing I could’ve done a better job writing my last piece, but I don’t allow those feelings to swallow me while anymore.
I keep telling myself that I put off my work in the first place because I didn’t believe in it enough. I somehow convinced myself that I lost my spark when I could still feel the rush every time I sat down to write.
I needed a little push in the right direction, and that didn’t have to look like a completed manuscript or an edited article, but just a few words that captured what I was going through.
It felt good to believe in myself again, after having reflected on all the bad that had been weighing on me for such a long time. It helped me see that writing was truly whatever I wanted it to be, and that was why I promised myself I’d never stop.
I don’t get angry anymore. I get writing
I don’t let my negative feelings hold me back from creating content I love. I allow myself to feel, process and engage with every emotion that makes its way into my life, using my writing as a way to cope.
I didn’t want to feel like I was the one standing in between myself and my dreams any longer. I wanted to make progress in a way that felt right, and the only way to do that was to understand that I should never stop writing even if it’s difficult.
It was and forever will be a way for me to express myself, no matter how much more it becomes my full-time career. I write because I have something to say, and I write because I feel something so overwhelming I need to get it down before it disappears.
The best pieces I’ve ever written were the ones where I was engulfed in emotion, trying to navigate all the changes in my life without losing my mind. I see now that doesn’t have to change.
I write about it all, some I share, and some I don’t, but it all helps me the same. So, if you feel withdrawn or frustrated right now, you know what to do.
Don’t get angry; get writing.
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