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?


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.