I’m a Professional Writer and I’m Scared I’ll Lose the “Magic” and Never Have Any Good Ideas Again
A little while ago, I hit major burnout for my work. I was uninspired, unmotivated, and the thought of writing another article felt like bench-pressing 300lbs after running an Olympic triathlon.
“I’m struggling,” I wrote in an email to my subscribers. “I feel like I’ve lost the magic,”
Then, I received one of the most profound emails from a reader I’ve gotten in a long time:
“Magic? That is your EGO speaking,” he wrote. “That is what is stopping you from writing and publishing and pressing send. So let it GO and put your EGO aside and share your garbage with all of us!”
Truth be told, I’m pretty egotistical. I don’t like to admit that or acknowledge it, but I’m a writer and I want everyone to like me and be on the cover of magazines and make millions of dollars and I want everyone to know.
I feel like my writing is “magic,” and if I can’t write, magic can’t be made. Like I’m in charge of it all.
But the truth is, that’s just my ego. And if I let my ego call the shots, I’ll probably always feel some mixture of fear/anxiety/doubt/jealousy of others.
Instead, I just need to write. “Share my garbage,” as my reader so profoundly put it.
I’ve learned that you never really know what’s going to work, and what won’t. I’ve spent over a dozen hours on a fully-researched, authentic article full of the most profound thoughts I’ve had in months…and no one really read it.
I’ve also scribbled down some stray incoherent thoughts into an article that took me 25 minutes to write and is read by tens of thousands of people.
It’s not about you. It’s not about your “magic” and how impressive you and your stats are. You can’t really know what works, there’s no guarantee. All you can do is create, again and again.
Even if you feel like the “magic” is gone.
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