Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Catch Me, I'm Falling

Update: Wrote over 1000 words today.

It's been almost two weeks since my critique met and I still haven't even glanced at my story. Well, I glanced and then put it down.
Don't get me wrong!
I love my critique group! They're all talented, amazing writers. Which leaves me the feeling insecure.
Don't get me wrong!
My group is very supportive and kind. And talented. Did I mention talented? Their stories rock and when they're published I'll have the honor of saying we were in a critique group together.
Don't get me wrong!
I plan on being published...someday. And I will.
But for now, I feel stupid, lowly, frustrated and a little scared.
Am I on the right path?
Am I wasting my time?
My heart screams this is where I'm suppose to be.

So, today:
I am going over my critiques armed with chocolate.
This week:
I'm going to edit the last three chapters of my book.

How about you?
Do you ever feel like you want to give up? What do you do to keep going?
Do you ever throw your pen/paper/laptop down in disgust? Quit for the day or week?

Finally, what were the best words of advice that kept you going?

Thanks everyone! It's nice to have a net, like my readers, to catch me.


Yamile said...

Awww Taffy! I feel like my story is a waste of time. I had a hard time after crit group too, but after letting my book simmer for a few days, I went back to my critique notes and kept going.
Keep going. I think this race isn't for the fast, but for the persistent. I love your story. I want to know what happens next, especially with Adam, whom I don't know too much, but whose story intrigues me to no end.And yay for chocolate!

Julie Daines said...

DON'T GIVE UP! Your story is awesome. I even said that in my comments. I kept getting so swept up in the story I forgot to check for problems. I had to re-read!

Every time I come home from critique group I throw my papers down on the desk and walk away in depression. My husband asks, How'd it go. I say, I don't want to talk about it.

Then, a few days later, I pick up the notes and read over them. I choose the comments that feel right, and ignore the rest. It's usually not as bad as I remembered.

Critique groups are like swallowing pills when you have a sore throat: It's so painful to get it down, but once it's there, it actually helps.

I can't wait to see how your story ends! That's what I hate about our group--it takes so long to find out what happens! So keep going!! And thanks for all your input on my manuscripts! I'm glad you're in our group.

Rebecca Irvine said...

Yes, I feel like giving up all the time. But usually that is when I am pushing things too hard. I find when I let the ms develop at its own pace, then it turns out better. And I am less stressed.

Taffy said...

Yamile and Julie, thanks for your encouragement! I totally enjoy both of your stories. I wish we could meet at least every other week because I want to read the rest of your stories. I like how different all of our stories are different and unique.
Thanks, Rebecca, I'm feeling much better now.

Karlene said...

Totally there with you. All the time. But you have to follow your heart.