Isn’t it funny how sometimes for no reason we get super critical of our writing?
Like, you’re on a roll and then all of a sudden it is like you are the worst person to hold a pen and everything sounds like garbage?
I have felt like this before. Many, many times before. Even now with a particular manuscript I am working on.
Here’s the thing though, I am pretty sure that 99.99999999% of the time the whole ‘I suck at writing, and should never do it again’ thing is all in our heads.
The reason why I think this is because yesterday I was reading through my ‘DARE’ draft. There was this point while writing it that I suffered massive writer’s block and hated every word that I put to page.
I remembered this, because it was at the climax of the story, where Dare is captured and his true identity is revealed to Nightshade and Blue (his arch nemeses)
It was this part of the story I was reading last night and it was weird because I found myself looking back on what I’d written and actually being pretty impressed.
It was weird because in my head I was frozen, convinced it was awful, but in actuality it was pretty okay.
This is not the first time this has happened to me either. I would be crippled by writer’s block or this overwhelming pressure that I sucked and nothing I could do would make it better so I may as well stop where I was… then I’d read back over it a week or two weeks later and be confused as to why I felt that way.
I think this crippling I-Suck-Writer’s-Block is all in our heads.
Luckily, I have this theory that if you keep writing through the difficult and shaky periods you will eventually level out and feel good again. What I have found is that generally you look back and all of this ‘I-Suck-Ness’ is actually all in your imagination.
This is the part I remember REALLY struggling with, take a look. I mean it isn’t brilliant, but it’s not bad. And be confident that if you’re feeling stuck, or bad at writing, or super bummed about your skill level just remember it is likely all in your head