Does your confidence in your creative work ebb and flow? How about your determination?
A few weeks ago I was finishing stories at a pace I have never managed before. I was writing it, editing it and then sending to off…zoom! But right now I have a story that is done and I know where I want to send it, but for some reason I keep putting off editing it. The story is good, not my best but still readable. I think it would work well for the magazine I want to send it to. I am just nervous all over again like I was before I sent off my first piece.
Part of this might be a work ethic issue. For a few weeks I was making myself put in full days working on this. I would write, edit, look up markets, read other peoples work and think about stories all day. Even when I was doing other stuff I was still thinking stories. Then I got busy with chicken tasks, gardening and spring cleaning. The farther I get from working full days at writing the harder it is to make myself work at all. The stories are still there, I am still having ideas. But now I am back to appreciating the idea and enjoying the story as it plays out in my head, but not writing it down right away. I lost a good one a few days ago. I remember thinking “That is great; I have never read anything like that before!” But I don’t remember the story.
How do you get past these sorts of issues if you have them?