Author Bob Mayer tweeted that quote today. I looked around online for the original source but I was unable to verify the true author. The quote kind of struck a chord with me today. Not because I have anyone discouraging my dreams though, it’s quite the opposite in fact. Sully is so supportive that he is ready and willing to live off of me once I become a famous author. Friends and family are lining up to read what I have written.
I think I am the weak one in this example. It’s not easy to admit but it seems like I discourage myself daily. I have a writing project that already has a word count over 110K . I am supposed to be editing it. I read the first chapter and didn’t like it. Honestly, I sent a text to Sully that said, ‘I just read the first chapter and it blows.’ Sully replied with a lot of nice stuff and basically said he didn’t think it could be that bad. He was right the end of the chapter was pretty good but that beginning part had to go.
This project was written during National Novel Writing Month, also referred to as NaNoWriMo, which I have shortened to NaNo. The combination of the newness of the story and the time constraint of NaNo, I think, is at least partially to blame for the first chapter blowing. I am procrastinating about editing and I am not sure why. It’s a little overwhelming, and not just because it’s over 110K. I know that stuff needs to be cut, added and rewritten, I have an entire notebook of notes. Of course, I know part of the problem is that I am just afraid that the whole thing sucks.
I think I am going to leave this here and address that last part on another day.