After a heavy writing session you crawl into bed. Even though you feel mentally drained you are goofy happy. You LOVE your writing and whisper to yourself ‘I have been put on this planet to write literary gold – huzzah! I have found my purpose in life!’
Fast forward nine hours and you return to your desk with a huge grin on your face. After reading a few sentences your smile disappears and your mood sinks. Your writing sounds dire! So much so – you now HATE IT!
Reality sinks in – you were put on this planet to write utter tripe!
Here are the reasons why this happens:
- Your creative high has ended. They are wonderful when they happen but all good things must come to an end.
- You are reading your work in the cold light of day. A harsh and critical light!
- The wine has worn off!
- Caffeine has left your body.
- Your draft is a rough diamond. Last night you saw a little sparkle from it but it needs polishing.
- It is a painful lesson for you – don’t go over what you have written until editing. Just keep writing!
- You were emotionally attached to it yesterday. Today you are in a different head space. Your writing will benefit from this change in your mental state.
- This is how writers roll – up one day, down the next…sigh!
- Life would be dull if we wrote amazing stuff all the time!
- We all get carried away with our ideas and literary success daydreams. Thank goodness for our inner editors, writer friends, beta-readers, editors, literary agents and publishers who are all there to keep us grounded – sigh!
Have a great day!
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