Doubt

Went over my revisions this morning, noticed a typo and now feel down in the doldrums. What if the professionals hate it? What if I have to go back to the drawing board? What if I never write another book?
Everyone gets this way, right?
At the same time, I always have this sense of inevitability about writing. I’ll never stop, no matter what. I have inklings of projects that are at the very least, interesting to me.
Talking to Alan and Wilson last night about having TIME to write. How can I do that? It’s an endless struggle…especially having a job, social life, and running errands. One of them usually falls by the wayside when I need time to write.
But I need a good solid chunk of time right now. A week off. A month. I’ll settle for a weekend, though.


4 thoughts on “Doubt

  1. Yes, everyone gets that way. All the time. Sometimes daily.

    In making time to write, one thing that worked for me was doing it in the morning. Set the alarm an hour earlier, and spend that hour writing. It sounds weird, but you can sometimes tap into that post-dream-logic ideas that can lead to interesting places, and it’s generally early enough in the day to avoid having other commitments get in the way. (I used to use the breakfast-as-incentive model to make sure that I actually got something done.) When you can’t get a full week, month, or even day set aside to be creative, doing it in small chunks tends to at least help satiate the craving, without having to go whole hog.

    Because we don’t always have the whole-hog option, anyway.

    1. Yeah, I usually do the piecemeal thing, too. It’s hard to wake up at 5:30 most mornings, though sometimes it works. Sometimes I need MORE though. A block of uninterrupted time. Ho hum.

      1. I disagree. The only way you can get what you want is to want it in the first place. Miracles do happen. They just require an enormous amount of hard work, risk, and trial and error. All tedious, maybe, but achievable. Sorry to sound like a poster from your high school.

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