Revision Paranoia

Photobucket I’ve come to the point in this revision where I’m hearing voices in my head.

They’re saying things like, “This novel stinks,” and “It’s brilliant but not marketable,” and “It has more holes than last year’s socks,” and “This is a big waste of time you could be spending on other things.” In other words, it’s getting to be hard work, and my brain doesn’t want to do it any more.

Which is not to say that any or all of these things are not true. They could be. But I’ve come to the conclusion, through my own writing and by reading what other writers say about their experience, that I am not the best judge of that at this time. My job right now is to finish the thing, and show it to someone else–probably several someone elses–before I even start to think about it solely on its merits.

And before I can do that, I have to finish it. So off I go.

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2 Comments

  1. Hello.

    I found this page on networkedblogs.com. I decided to follow after reading this page.

    I am having the same problems only the voices are saying that i am copying off all the great authors. I cannot shake the feeling that maybe I am. Not word for word but idea ways.

    I hope everything goes well for you.

    Good Luck

  2. Hey Kirsty, they say that all the good ideas have already been taken. ;) I think if you put your own twist or spin or interpretation on any idea, you make it your own. Don’t worry that what you are writing has been done before; focus on writing it in a way that hasn’t been done before. And don’t listen to the voices!

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