…but I’ll give you some anyway.
The writing world is alive with the ‘rules’ of writing.
Everyone and their uncle has something to say about what you should write, when you should write it, how you should write it, and why you should write it.
Naturally, a lot of that advice is contradictory.
After all, while we can all expand our practice and our skills, we each have to make our own way to the page.
We each have our own interests, our own reasons for writing, and our own hopes for what will become of our words.
But a lot of us get tangled in all of the writing ‘shoulds’ and we think we need to meet a certain standard before we can start.
We all want to do it RIGHT and that leads many of us looking for permission to write.
Asking Permission to Write
Asking permission to write can look like:
- Asking if it is okay to start in the middle (or the end, or wherever)
- Constantly crowd-sourcing for approval for your ideas
- Trying to get ‘one more piece’ of knowledge before you get started
- Checking in with expert after expert
- Researching and researching but never writing
- Thinking that what you have to say is not important enough to write about
- Thinking that what you have to say has already been said*
Logically, of course, we *know* that no one can magically grant us permission to write but still we keep looking for the thing that will tell us that it is okay to proceed.
So, that’s why, a few years ago, I made up this permission slip for my coaching clients. It says that it is your permission to write but I can’t actually grant that, you have to grant yourself that permission.
So, I guess, this is really a reminder that you already have permission.
And, I’ll add another reminder – what you are writing now is not the final version. You have to start somewhere and it’s okay to get it wrong, over and over, until you get it right.
That’s how writing works.
*Of course everything has already been said but it hasn’t been said by YOU and that matters.