Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Big 'D'

Hey Y’All!

When I sat down to write my current Work In Progress I thought it was going to be a little short story for an open call. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. I know that must sound funny to non-writers, or maybe to some writers too, but the truth is that while I love all of my work, I love them all differently.

Sometimes I write something that I just fall in love with, body and soul. I think about it constantly, I almost can’t sleep because of it; I wake up wanting to write it. That’s this Work In Progress, which is wonderful. Except that now the crazy doubt that comes when I write something I’m this invested in has started to rear its ugly head.

If my critique partner doesn’t seem to love it as much as I do, I doubt. If I struggle through a scene, I doubt. I suddenly start to wonder if it’s too dumb, too clichéd, too over the top.

This time, however, and I’m going to attribute it to growth, because, hey, why not? I didn’t stop writing for even a second because of the doubt. That has to count for something, right?

How about all of you? When it comes to your writing, do you ever have a confidence problem?

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Best To All of You!



Catherine Gayle said...

LOL, are you living in my body right now? I just blogged recently about this very thing...the doubts creeping in when everything seemed to be going so smoothly. My newest WIP is great - except that all of a sudden, my heroine went silent on me. NOT GOOD. And so I'm stuck. I'm trying to figure out where I went wrong, and thinking maybe I should just scrap the whole thing, and worrying that maybe I was just wrong all along and it isn't as good as I felt like it was. *sigh* But I can't give up, and I can't give in. I'm just going to have to keep plugging away at it until I can figure out what went wrong.

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Sandra Sookoo said...

As long as you love the piece, that's all that matters. :-)

Lisa said...

I doubt myself all the time. But then I just keep writing :) The more we write, the better we get, right?

Rebecca Royce said...

Catherine, So glad to hear I'm not alone in this! LOL

Myrie-Okay, I'm not sure what you've written. LOL. I know you come and comment every week on my post so thank you.

Sandi-I suppose you are correct.

Lisa-I agree! The more we write, the better we get so I'm just going to keep on plugging!

Thanks guys!

Sewicked said...

Are you kidding? I can't even look at my big WIP right now. I hate it. Or rather, I hate my writing. I still love the story itself. I've had to work on other projects out of sheer despair.

yeah, this isn't helping you is it? On the bright side, I'm a wannabe, not a published writer, so I'm a bad example anyway.

Ari Thatcher said...

If I don't have doubt, I probably am writing junk. Ego can lead you down the wrong path. Although, sometimes doubt is right and it really does suck! But I try and wait till someone else tells me that, rather than assuming. Sometimes setting it aside clears your head enough so you can see how good it really is!

Stacey Kennedy said...

I just went through this too! I had major doubt and for the 2nd Blue Blood novel. It was horrible, nothing made sense, it seemed pointless and I truly hated it. But it took just a bit of time to do a little venting, and suddenly an idea popped in my mind that tied the whole story together. And now, I'm pumped again and typing away. Your work is always great, you have no reason for doubt Rebecca!

Rebecca Royce said...

You guys all made me feel so much better!!

Mary Ricksen said...

Best of luck. You'll be surprised how wonderful everything will turn out!

Rebecca Royce said...

Mary-What a wonderful thing to say, thank you.

Charisma Knight said...

Hi Rebecca, how have you been?

You must attribute this to growth and I think that its a good thing that you don't stop writing because of doubt. Something inside you wants out, so let it out and be proud.

To answer your questions, I do have those moments where I feel my work may be over the top, silly, or wonder if anyone will pick up what I'm putting down. We are all unique, and that shows through in our writing, so keep on keeping on and do that voodoo that you do so well. Ha Ha.

Rebecca Royce said...

Hi Charisma,
Thanks for coming by. I'm well. I've decided to agree with you and call it 'growth.' LOL!