Do you ever get discouraged?

Do you ever get discouraged about writing? Stupid question, I know.  I'm sure every writer does.  I'm having one of those days ( a few, actually) where I wonder what the heck I'm doing.  It's weird how it just hits out of nowhere.  Here I am minding my own business, cruising along (at a speedy pace), feeling awesome about my WIP, and then BAM a dump truck full of cow pies in front of me (I'm assuming you've all seen Back to the Future) chooses that  moment to unload it's stinky, putrid cargo of discouragement all over my my shiny convertible and me inside.  And I'm like, where did that come from?  I didn't even realize there was a dump truck in front of me at all.  And how did I manage to get close enough for that to happen. 

Yes, it's a really bad analogy, but I'm not feeling like a particularly good writer right now, so it fits with the mood.  Plus, I seem to be in a ranting mood the last few day, so there's my rant for the day.  Okay, I'm done.  I"m going to go find some chocolate!


  1. Get discouraged? Yeah, of course. Sometimes you can work through it; sometimes you need to take a break from it. Are you forcing something in your story? Are you listening to your characters? Maybe you just need to have a little fun in "real" life. This too shall pass.

  2. Oh yeah! EVERY writer does. My discouragement starts showing up right around the mid section. the Beginning is awesome and then it hits that upward hill and i'm like, Sheez! I'm never gonna finish this. Then after a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I'm zooming toward the finish line.

    You are an incredible writer. So here's my two cents. Sounds like satan's trying to make you not believe in yourself--isn't that how it always is? So that tells me, he's worried.

    And if you've come to a complete stop in your MS... then it's an easy fix--something isn't right. So go back and reread the last chapter and look for clues. You had your characters do something they weren't supposed to do. Take a deep breath and look at it from all angles. Should she have told Jet no and said something like, "All you heroes make me sick!" LOL! and then have jet realize she's been burned before. Ooh! Maybe that's it! Maybe it's meant to be in Jet's POV now? LOL! Or maybe someone will interrupt them or a warning signal will go off. Or maybe she'll tell jet no and then change her mind only to find him in the arms of another girl. LOL! OK, so sorry, I'm going off I know. BUT hang in there! IT's good, really good! I promise! Jenni

  3. I think this happens in every creative profession. Some days I feel like a crappy writer, other days I feel like a terrible artist. And then the very next day I proclaim myself a genius.

    It's easy to doubt your ability, to wonder if what you're creating is any "good." But everything we create does some good for us. It may not be the project that gets published, or the song that hits the charts, but we as artists learn from everything we create.

    I can look across my many projects and say that some are better than others, but I'm grateful for each one because they as a whole got me to where I am today.

    So don't look at your current troubles as "failing" or a sign of you being a "bad writer." You are learning and growing and improving. Sometimes the growing pains suck, but they're always worth it.

  4. Thanks guys. I knew I could count on you all for some pick me ups. I think I need to go do something fun with my son today. He always gives me perspective!

  5. Yeah this happens... sometimes things are going along great, and others... I am just amazed at how bad I just wrote is... try to go back and read something you wrote that you love. :)

  6. Your post just popped up in my Google Reader and I started laughing. I've been trying to write my first query letter for some time now...and I have two small children...and I work full-time...and I have a one-hour commute...and I don't know what to make for dinner tonight.

    Yep. Yep, I get discouraged. I know eventually I'll have "free" time again, but for now I get to look at my letter once a week if I'm lucky.

    Good luck to you! Thanks for the post.

  7. Julia, Life can be so hectic. Especially when you're trying to juggle so much. Sometimes it just helps to know you're not alone. ;) Thanks for stopping by my blog.