So, as I’ve mentioned my current WIP is not easy going. I’ve been plagued by doubts and concerns and the desire to give up, but I continue to keep at it because this is truly a story I want to tell. And I think all those doubts and concerns and pressure that I’ve put on myself are a result of that–the desire to do it right. But, that evil mean voice in my head keeps telling me that all of those things are because I suck so very badly.
Do you have that little voice in your head? Then you should go read this blog post by a literary agent regarding one of her clients. The part that really struck a chord with me, especially this week, was the last bit:
“She’d been prepared to leave the story behind and I think that decision broke her heart a little…but then that determination and grit way down deep made her try again. It wasn’t MY encouragement. It wasn’t that anyone had told her she could do it.
She knew it. She believed. And she did it.”
The bottom line is I keep writing this story because I believe in it. Sometimes I forget, sometimes I’m discouraged, but I keep coming back to it. So, I’ve got to shut that little evil voice up and believe that if I work hard enough at it, something good is going to come out of it.