It’s a Love – Hate Thing…

It’s been a while since my last blog and so here I am trying to make up for lost time. I’ve been so busy, concentrating all my energy on editing my sequel that I haven’t even been able to think of my blog! But that’s a good thing. At least today I think it’s a good thing.

Something I’ve found with writing is that you go through phases of both loving and hating your work. Sometimes I feel like I’m up and down more often than a stripper’s knickers. One minute I’ll be relishing my writing and the next day I’ll crash. I’ll look at it a certain way and think it’s the worst piece of crap, that it’s lame and a complete waste of my time.

I get into such a funk on that day. You can’t help but feel so depressed that something you put so much effort into isn’t as good as you want it to be. On those days my husband tells me “You know you’re going to love it again. Don’t stress.” And it’s true. The next day I’ll read over some of it and think “Nah, this is awesome.” I even get into this weird high where I’m so excited about my story that I sit there thinking about it instead of writing about it.

I think those moments of doubt are important to any writer. It’s a way we can gauge what is actually making a good book and what’s not. Just as we have opinions about the books we read. It’s important because it means we can see what needs improving and in that we constantly better ourselves. So in future, I’m going to try to be thankful I have days that make me want to ditch my manuscript at the wall. It means I can only get better and that I care about my work enough to not give up.