Thursday, February 25, 2010

I know you can.

Why does writing have to fill the writer with an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt? I know 90% of the time my story is good, its original (mostly) it's intriguing... and most of all it would make a damn good book.

But of course that 10% of the time I think I am wasting my time, no way my book will ever be published, I don't know how to write, this is too much work, this is out of my league, I am sick of sitting in front of my computer... I should just stop and save myself from being embarrassed.

I know everyone who has tried to write any piece of work has felt these feelings. If you stop and listen to them you'll never make it... and that's a guarantee.

Keep your head down and keep writing, if you need help get it after your first draft is done, if you don't know the exact terminology or proper procedures of what you main char does for a living... make it up and fix it later. If you stop and lament on what you don't know you'll never get done... that's a guarantee.

Keep writing; keep growing, keep learning. Once you have finished your first draft, go back and make it work. Never give up, never listen to that self-doubt.

I hope you all find the desire to finish your manuscripts, I hope you all find success. Thx for all the support you have shown me.

There is one guarantee I can make, and that is I will finish my book. I will make it the best I can, and I’ll get all the help I need to make sure it is.

If you have anything to share about the writing process please do so.

Thx for reading, and for any comment you might leave.


  1. Good to know I'm not the only one - not that I really thought I was. Earlier today I was feeling the exact same way as I typed a few pages of novel from my notes. That little voice - You know the one - kept saying "Why are you doing this? What if you spend all this time on this 'so called novel' and no one will publish it and if someone does, what if no one buys it or wants to read it? What if you can't even give it away?"

    Yeah, my little voice is quite a negative nelly. LOL

    I'm glad you have the determination to finish your book.

  2. I always come back to the end of Amadeus (one of my all-time favorite films), when Salieri wallows in, embraces, and accepts his "mediocrity"--

    The truth is, who cares if I end up mediocre? At least my writing brought me some deep breaths, some drama, and some magic. That's all that really matters in the end. All the rest is extra.

  3. I suspect that, if you never doubt, you don't care enough about it.

    Have I doubted? Sure. Will I again? You bet. I don't have anything, even my best stuff, that I haven't read and said, "What do I think I'm doing?" I also don't have anything I would be willing to market (and I'm about to try to do just that) that doesn't occasionally give me goosebumps.

  4. Great post. I definitely go through those moments when I sit here working on my WIP and think I've really got something. Then the next day I'm saying "what am I thinking, this is so stupid" but I have to tell myself I will never find out if I don't keep going.