Sunday, April 25, 2010
Wannabe Writers (1)
I'm Cinnamon - mom, wife, student, usually good employee, avid reader, and aspiring writer. I've been writing stories on and off since I was a kid. I grew up surrounded by a love of language and have been lucky enough to witness my mom's success story in the world of writing and getting published. From her achievements, I know getting published is something I can do...well, usually I know it. Okay, let's be honest, I have a defeatist attitude and have to remind myself constantly that I can do anything I want as long as I put in the time and energy to make it happen.
So how come I never remember that?
One major hurdle for me is I don't really feel like I have anyone I can talk to about this. The major influences in my life have a way of being too critical and simply telling me that I have no time. Also, although it may sound horrible, I don't trust the advice from them as they refuse to take advice from anyone else. My husband is supportive, but he doesn't actually...umm...read, so he doesn't have a lot of advice for me.
Where am I as a writer?
I have a whole folder of projects that have been started, but never completed. Typically, I'll begin something with high hopes but then read something that may be similar or otherwise second guess the story. I drop it and move on to something else. To date I have yet to complete anything.
I would say that I really have two WIPs at the moment. One I started about a month ago and is detailed on this blog by the word count meters. The other one I haven't touched in probably over a year. It's sitting stagnant at around 35,000 words. Everything else is in such an infantile stage that I hesitate to use the term WIP.
So now you know a little bit about me. My major question is how you keep yourself motivated and keep from talking yourself out of the story? Does anyone else even suffer from this? I would like to finish my current WIP (as in just get the words on paper/screen) but already I can feel the stirrings of, "This is crud, give up now."