What to do when you hate your writing

At some point, you'll probably hate your writing.

Depressing, huh?

Like anyone else, my writing journey has its ups and downs. Lately I've gone all Hulk on it (yep, we're back to 0 days since last incident). Chaining me to that chair is impossible.

“In case you needed to kill me, but you can’t! I know, I tried!  I got low. I didn’t see an end, so I put a bullet in my mouth and the other guy spit it out! So I moved on. I focused on helping other people. I was good, until you dragged me back into this freak show and put everyone here at risk!” -Bruce Banner

It's not easy being a writer. Somedays you just feel like you're doing it wrong. What if you mess up? What if you rewrite it wrong? WHAT IF NO ONE LIKES IT?

*breathing in, breathing out*

There are no "rules" for sure success. But I've made a list (apparently, I make a lot of lists as an Avenger), that might help you. 

3 questions to ask yourself when you feel like your writing sucks

1. Why did you start writing?

Remember the first time you chewed on a blue crayon and plagiarised your own version of The Three Little Bears? You started a life long obsession passion for writing. Remember the thrill of mashing words together and coming out with something all your own? You created! It felt good!

Um, look this is bringing back bad Hulkish memories for me, so we'll move on, okay?

2. Who TOLD you it was suckish?

Mm? Yeah. I thought so. NO ONE. You're your own worst critique, and believe me, that has pros and cons. (Take it from a dude who has alter egos for his alter egos.) Nothing you do is ever that bad. It can be bad, oh yeah, horrible and scary. We all have those days. But it's not going to stay that way. Want to know why?

Common sense [my work sucks] is no match for passion [I want to be a great writer].

3. Who exactly are you writing for?

This is important. Trust me! Who spends the most time "working" with your writing? You. Who's passion and drive keeps it alive? Yours. Who thinks about it day and night? Solves plot problems over breakfast? Gets great inspiration eating noodles? Is up at 2am "just finishing" those last chapters while the ideas run hot? YOU.

Who should you be writing for? You.

Yeah, we want an audience and we want other people to love our work (and we want to be a NYT bestseller), but it's an awful lot of work if you're not doing it first and foremost for yourself.

I'm just a scientist with purple trousers and a knack for all things Gamma (unfortunately). I'm not a professional writer. My questions might sound a little selfish. But, that's okay. Just have a little think about it, alright? And if you feel like your writing sucks at the moment, let me put a greenish hand on your shoulder and tell you something.

It's okay.

You probably think it's "not good" enough because it isn't. But, you know what? Because you CAN see it's not good enough, that means you have great taste. A great eye for good writing. It means you have talent. So keep working. Keep going.

And just SMASH anyone who tells you otherwise, okay? Or I will for you. 

Good on you, mate.

Now. A little something to cheer you up. (Note when Fury specifically tells puny god Thor to be a man. This is good, oh yeah.)


  1. Awww. This helped. Kinda. Now I need to go write. :)
    Thanks for the post.
    Have fun smashing stuff.

    1. I need to go write too. Mm. There's not much left to smash now. ;)

  2. That video cracks me up every time. And I've watched it three times. Great post. Go green!

  3. Wow I love that video! "Mysterious as the dark side of the moon"! I adore Hawkeye. :) This is a good post!