Is it just me, or does anyone else absolutely hate the way they write?
It’s kind of like hearing your own voice for the first time. When you speak and you hear your voice coming out of your mouth, you start thinking that it sounds a certain way. It’s all a lie though. When you hear your voice in a recording, it sounds completely different.
Side note: I hate the sound of my voice. I think it sounds murky and dumb. I sound like I have marbles stuck in my cheeks 24/7.
The same concept applies to writing. When you first spill your words onto a page, it feels fantastic. The fast, free-flowing quality of writing contributes to this sensation. As your words fall into place, why shouldn’t you think that they make perfect sense?
Then comes the time when you reread what you’ve written, and gasp, it’s a nightmare! It’s like cringing yourself to death. Your sentences sound stupid, your word choice is lame, and your voice sounds whiny and immature.
I can’t even begin to tell you how often I’ve felt this way. (Well, actually, I can begin to tell you, technically speaking. That’s what this post is about. Telling you guys how much I hate my writing.)
I’m a fairly neurotic proofreader, so I reread everything I write in order to catch my mistakes. Catch these mistakes I do, and I also catch sight of my godawful, crappy writing.
And the truly sucky thing is that no matter how many times I revise a piece, I am never satisfied with the end result. I can only ever be marginally okay with what I get.
My sister is the one person who bolsters my spirits when it comes to my writing. She is my self-confidence.
Side note: She was pissed when she found out I named my blog The Below Average Blog. I thought that was a neat and unassuming name for something as potentially pretentious as a blog. She thought I was being down on myself for no reason.
But I have come to accept the fact that disliking my writing is a bit of a boon to me. I’ve said it countless times (to myself, in my head, and maybe on this blog a few times). Hating my writing pushes me to try and improve it (key word being “try”).
So if you, too, hate the way you write, just remember two things:
1) Your writing probably isn’t as bad as you think it is. Your self-loathing and self-deprecatory nature just makes anything that comes out of you look terrible. Odds are, given how many people exist on our planet, someone could read your writing and like it.
2) Hating your writing should only make it better. Unless you start spiraling into a depression. Though I have learned from books and TV shows that writers being depressed and alcoholics is a common enough thing, so at least you won’t be alone.
Then again, I’m a nobody writer with zero credentials to my name and therefore absolutely no credibility when it comes to giving writing advice, so maybe you shouldn’t listen to me.
4 thoughts on “How To Get Away with Loathing Your Own Writing”
Oh wow your analogy is so apt! I related a little too much to this tbh! And I really needed a post like this right now- fantastic advice! Thanks for this!
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No problem! 🙂 Thank you for reading. And relating to things is probably one of the most human of experiences. So kudos to you! 😛
Argh. I completely understand this. The main problem I have with my writing is that it sounds like me. I don’t understand, therefore, how anyone could possibly like it. Because things that come from us or resemble us must be bad, right? I get the grammar obsession, as well. I recommend “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves” by Lynne Truss. A lovely book for those of us who live and die by the Oxford Comma, among other things.
I’ll look for that next time I’m at a book store!
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