Thursday, April 28, 2011

The cure for the "I Suck"s

Some days you feel like you can't win for losing. Your crit partner doesn't "get" what you're trying to write, a new critique partner brings up a new aspect of your work you hadn't considered before, maybe you get a bad review. Whatever the reason, we all have days where we question our abilities. That can be a good thing, as long as we continue striving to improve. It can also be bad, if we allow those "doubt weasels" to cripple us.

On those days, I try to make myself feel better by looking at some of the nice emails/comments/reviews I've received (and yes, I save them! Some of them are too wonderful not to.) Just knowing someone likes your work can be enough to keep you going.

On that score, I'd like to recommend an awesome writing blog by Harlequin Presents author Maisey Yates. She writes amazing craft posts, and she also discusses the things that challenge her. I always head there when I'm in need of a reality check. You can visit Maisey's site HERE.

What do you do when you're having a rough day, writing wise or otherwise?

Before I go, I'd like to send big hugs to the people affected by this week's deadly storms. You're in our thoughts.

I'll leave this lovely friend of mine to provide you with a little sexy Friday inspiration...


Maisey said...

Thank you, Cari! Glad my sad ramblings are useful. I have a lot of 'I suck' days, sadly. And your advice is right on! (I save all my stuff too!)

I think the best cure for isucks is writing something new. And giving yourself permission to say 'I rock.' :)

Sharon S. said...

I read on "I suck" days. Books are my comfort . I have recently discovered the beauty of novellas. I think I might even do an "Ode to the Novella". They are the perfect length. You can finish them in a day, but they are long enough to give character development and closure I need with a story.

"Novella, how do I love thee, let me count the ways..."

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