The saboteur, we all have one.
What’s a saboteur?
A saboteur is that voice inside your head giving you every reason NOT to do something. Sometimes, it takes the form of the inner critic/editor…. No matter what you call, this ‘little voice’ can hinder us from finishing stories; prolonged side tracking (of goals) eventually leads one to self-destruct. (i.e. NOT finishing stories, revising and NOT sending them out, equals NOT getting published!)
What’s writer to do?
First of all, learn how to spot your saboteur. Ask yourself what is getting in your way; do you need a day off? What is it your afraid of? What are your excuses for not writing?
Secondly, find the solutions to the issues. There is more than one way of doing something, make a list. From the list, pick one solution. Give it a try. Try it for a three weeks (21 days), if that doesn’t work, try something else.
Ask yourself the tough questions: what is it you want? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen? How far are you willing to go for your dreams? Do you have the discipline, the focus, and the commitment to follow through?
This is a tough conversation to have with your self but an honest one. Especially, if you are not finishing your work (and its year 2, 5, 15 working on your novel.)
In the end, ultimately, you have to go toe to toe with the saboteur. Learn how to be comfortable with your saboteur; you become more confident in yourself.