Determining your writing process isn’t just about brainstorming and planning, it’s also about conquering the personal demons that are holding you back.
For me, writing has been as much about personal growth as it has been about learning the correct use of the semi-colon. It’s hard and scary, but in the long run, it’s more than worth it.
More than with your writing process, you need to find your own way to deal with the things that hold you back. Here’s how I’m dealing with one of mine.
There’s a small(ish) spiral-bound book on my bedside table that I use to express all of the things that tick me off or make me anxious. It’s not a diary. Once I’ve written that negative thing down, I rip out the page, scrunch it up and throw it in the bin (the recycling bin – I am a tree-hugger).
The process of physically expressing my thoughts/emotions and then tossing them out, is hugely therapeutic. I always feel much better afterwards.
As well as the negative things, I also write down positive reminders to myself, such as “trust your gut” (because I tend to over-think things) and “what if everything turned out brilliantly?” (because I lean towards pessimism). These I don’t scrunch up and throw away, these I leave in my notebook for those days when life is gloomier than usual.