Your story started out as the best thing you had ever created. All other ideas and past creative projects were pushed aside as you devoted all your time and energy to this new story.
As you powered through the first half of the second draft something happened to your positive feelings – they disappeared! Your story suddenly felt a bit flat.
The low feelings didn’t go away. You mind started to pick your work apart and soon you find yourself wondering whether the entire thing should be trashed.
So, how do you keep writing in a story which you have lost faith in?
Here’s the thing – you have to PUSH through and FINISH the damn thing.
I have lost count of the number of times I have simply ploughed on with flat feelings and a couple of chapters later found my story mojo again.
Finishing a project is a skill itself and its also magical. The euphoric feelings you experience from finishing a project last a few weeks and they magically cleanse your mind. They enable you to see the problems you encountered with a different perspective and things don’t feel as bad. I liken it to childbirth and that helpful chemical which makes you forget all about the pain.
As you finish a project you get a little burst of faith for your project again and it really does feel like someone has waved a magic wand over your head.
Tell yourself this draft doesn’t have to be perfect. This is why God kindly created revision. As writers we always have another opportunity to make things sparkle.
Remind yourself that you are amazing.
Come on, what are you waiting for?