Sunday, July 13, 2008

Good Advice

While bustling around getting ready for church this morning, I was bubbling to my husband about my excitement over the new novel. Chapter one (which I started writing last night) has unfolded in my mind, I told him, and with the larger shape of the plot hovering, too, I can't hold in my eagerness.

And then doubt started creeping in...

What if I'm getting carried away?

What if it doesn't work out like I hope?

What if Novel 1 isn't as good as I think it is, I never find representation, and all my work is for naught?

And that's when my husband said, "Just keep writing."

Indeed. Who know he was so smart?

7 comments:

Melanie Avila said...

Good advice from hubby! Isn't it nice to know they really do listen sometimes?

I agree with him, of course. Last night I didn't want to write, but I did anyway. It was definitely one of those "this is all crap" writing sessions, but I think it's because I'm not excited about this scene anymore. I don't want to rush through it; it deserves my attention, but I'm ready for the next action.

As I looked over the couple pages, I had all the same doubts you just mentioned: why am I bothering? who would want to read this? it sounds like a fifth grader wrote this... maybe that last one is just me, but you know what I mean.

It will happen for you - just keep the faith. :)

Janna Qualman said...

I do know what you mean. And, as much as they stink, I think those doubts are what drive writers to do better. For me, it serves as motivation to keep at it, until I get it "right."

The process of finding the right words is my favorite part of writing, and the self-deprecation pushes me to make it work.

Janet said...

Oh boy, does THAT sound familiar.

WendyCinNYC said...

I'm glad you are starting a new WIP. Wise choice.

Joshua said...

great advice! The simpliest advice is often the best. :)

Dube said...

That's very good advice. You know, I was working on fixing up a script last night and quit midstream because it all sounded so awful to me. I am my own worst critic, and sometimes it's hard to shut that inner voice up. I guess most of us writers go through that.

Janna Qualman said...

You're right, dube. The more I interact with other writers, the more I realize we all fall into the same mindset at times. It helps to know that, I think.