Just keep writing: believe in the story, believe in yourself

I was fortunate enough to be one of the authors featured on blogger Timothy Pike’s series about overcoming doubts in writing. Be sure to check out his blog and see his content as well as many other talented up and coming authors.

What Inspires Your Writing?

Today we meet Eric Hanson, and hear about what inspires him to keep writing in the face of severe depression. Many thanks to Eric for passing along his wisdom. If you’ve got some inspiring advice to share, please send it in!

My name is Eric Hanson, and I’m a 27-year-old writer living in Los Angeles. I’ve been suffering from severe depression, and it has affected my personal and professional life. It most often manifests itself in a persistent and overly critical voice that ridicules every misstep I make, even in my work.

Writing is something I love as it is the one practical skill I believe I possess, so I feel very pressured to turn out quality work. This makes me write a lot. This last year I wrote a full-length novel, three feature scripts, three short scripts and two short stories, along with untold essays and blog entries…

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3 thoughts on “Just keep writing: believe in the story, believe in yourself

  1. Hi Eric! I really liked and connected with your post. It’s amazing that despite the depression you can still produce and get lost in your work. I find I’m the complete opposite when I’m depressed. It’s a struggle just getting started. I stare at the blank page and literally nothing comes out. I think after reading your post I’ll somehow be able to get something down haha. Thanks for sharing your struggle. It’s inspirational.

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    • Hello Jasmine. It is true that when depressed, it is difficult to get started. But all it takes is that one moment of inspiration to unlock the creativity you need to create a good story. When I write a story and leave off for the day, I find leaving it at a high moment when I’m feeling extra creative, helps me get back into the writing spirit during the next session since I know precisely what will happen next. Hope that helps.

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