Three things made me feel a lot better about my tendency to think that I suck this week.
At the weekend, my agent organised drinks for a bunch of her clients in London. This was my first time meeting a group of writers in the real world. The experience matched up to the interactions I’ve had with writers online – we are a self-deprecating bunch. Everyone was really humble about their work despite clearly being talented and having the books deals to prove it. I am definitely my own worst critic when it comes to my writing so I was relieved that I’m far from being alone in this.
A quote was then circulated on Twitter by author Victoria Scott that confirmed to me that it’s okay to hate on your own writing.
If you think your book is perfect, you’ll never be published. If you think it’s a shit bomb, you may have what it takes -Anonymous
This is excellent news for me. When I read over my writing occasionally I can catch a good sentence but mostly I just stress about how it’s just not good enough. I think it’s really difficult to be objective about your own work. It seems that writers by nature can’t judge themselves. I am super grateful for my crit partner and agent who can help me see my own work more clearly and hopefully one day I’ll have an editor who will do the same.
The final boost for me was this image circulated on Facebook by author Michelle Madow:
This made me laugh out loud. If these are the search terms that come up when you talk about writers then I’m actually doing okay!
So any writers reading this – you have permission to be down on your work and to have I suck days too because it seems we’re all in the same boat. And it’s a very pretty boat. Just don’t open that bottle of wine while you’re in such a mood and become a Google search term 🙂
*group writer hug*