How To Write Through Discouragement

I’m only happy when I write. If I don’t write, I feel empty.

Samantha Brightwell
Oct 18 · 5 min read
Photo by 兆航 樊 on Unsplash

Some days you don’t write.

Discouraged should be the last thing I’m feeling right now.

I’m most inspired to begin again straight after I’ve hit publish.

On days like this, I go back to the advice of Julia Cameron.

“Write from where you actually are, not from where you wish you were.”


“I have put off writing today because I am in the beginning of knowing something I do not want to know, and writing will make that clearer to me.”


“Invention demands that we expand our creative horizons. This is not always comfortable.”


“Just as a marathon runner considers his running career as a whole, training and pacing himself accordingly, so we must approach our art at a temperate rate.”


“In order to do something well, we must first be willing to do it badly. We must have the humility to be once again a beginner, to admit what we don’t know and admit that we wish to know more.”


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Stories about personal growth and creativity, allowing the mystery of life to unfold.

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