- Is this a good story?
- Is it compelling?
- Are the characters real?
- Would I want to read this?
Questions like these keep me up at night, fill my head in the shower, and dominate dinner time. They also drive me to eat almonds non-stop and scrounge any bit of chocolate I can find. To really get over the disbelief in my writing, I turn to writer pal Trisha, who has been the biggest motivator for going forward with every word I type. It helps to have clarity, and that is what Trisha gives me (as well as drinking humor and other various goodies that brighten the day).
It also helps to print a draft of my WIP and just read it. If I’m not yacking and gagging by the time I’m done reading, I’m on the right path. A few tweaks can tighten the writing, a couple of edits can streamline the verbiage, and then I feel safe. Like a writer’s cocoon.
But the truth is often not safe, and if this is truly what you want to do — and were meant to do — you’ll know. When you love the words so much that it hurts… when your throat tightens each time you walk into Barnes & Noble… and when you worry that your writing isn’t good enough… take heart. You’re completely normal.
Now go get your beliefs in gear.