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Shelly

I have to say, that gives me a little hope.

I'm a "secret writer". Meaning, I have a novel dancing in my head that almost no one knows about. I have this *awesome* story wanting to bust out. Everywhere I look, I get ideas for this story. If you saw me walking down the street, you'd think I was a freak, because I'll stop and stare at an oddly-shaped tree, or when I see some birds flocked together - it reminds me of parts of the story.

My husband knows about this, as does my mother. I have some really interesting "research" books sitting next to my iBook, and they give me even more ideas (I have to hide them when company comes over, because I get some *really* weird looks when people see them! LOL). I have so many ideas that I can't keep up with them long enough to write them down in any coherent manner.

And it frustrates me that I can't make them stick - that I can't write fast enough to get them out of my head and on to paper. So I've put it on the back burner.

Every day, I look at everything I've surrounded myself with to get inspired and write the damn thing already. I have two chapters already written - not the first two, but two separate chapters that go *somewhere* in the story - and they're GOOD. (I NEVER think my own stuff is good, ever.) But I just can't seem to move forward on it, because I freeze when it comes to doing that. I just get this feeling that I'm going to fail, and what's the point, anyway? Who am I to think I'm a writer - and a good one, at that?

But you bring up a point - because a lot of times, I feel the same way about my weight. Sometimes I feel like I'm gonna fail anyway, so what's the point?

But this time, I want to change that line of thinking - so maybe if I start writing again, I'll motivate my body again.

Maybe!

Jack

Good post, the 'permission to suck' can be applied to so many areas of life. Sometimes we are just too hard on ourselves - if we would relax and concentrate on the the next step forward rather than the whole picture our journey might be easier.

BethK

Excellent post! All so very true.

lme

This is one of my favorite Lynda Barry cartoons of all time (and I love them all). I have it printed out and hanging above my desk to remind myself that I have permission to suck, too.

http://www.aimeee.com/barry1.html

the veggie paparazzo

The perfect is the enemy of the good. . . . I've never heard that before; it is so true.

PastaQueen

I am a compulsive editor too. If you read one of my blog posts right after I post it and then refresh it 10 minutes later, chances are I've added a sentence or rearranged something. I *always* want to edit more. I know National Novel Writing Month (NoNoWriMo) was founded around the idea that you need to let go of the internal editor and just let it flow, even if it is the suck.

I hope we get to read that story someday, online or in print!

Dee

Yah! Another good post. I needed it -- in the diet way, not the writing way. Thanks. D

Salma Gundi

Perfect is the enemy of good ...
Thank you for that :)

I am very excited for you that you've opened up some closed paths for yourself. I'm still struggling with that. Great post - it doesn't surprise me that you are a creative writer. I am positive that you rock at it.

Debbie

I think you really got this post right about how negative thinking can impact you. It's something I've been exploring on my blog, too, in a different way (or maybe I haven't published those posts yet)... as senility sets in... Anyway, don't get discouraged over rejection slips for short stories. They're actually harder to get published a lot of times than novels. They're also harder to write. Take it from someone who's finished quite a few screenplays and a lot of stories. Somehow, life intervened before I finished my first novel. Keep at it. I've had things published, so for whatever it's worth, I think you're good. Don't give up.

Myrilla

People should read this.

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