On days when I *headdesk* and think I can’t write another word, I want to give up. I gnash my teeth and wonder, “what the heck am I doing? Is anyone ever going to read my work? Am I making any contribution?”
I’ve had many days like that recently and then there was today. A monumental teeth gnashing, head-banging, curse at the top of my lungs sort of day, and then this was posted on Lisa and Laura Roecker’s blog – Lisa and Laura Write:
Amy over at Chasing the Crazies recently asked us the following question:
Was there ever a time you thought about giving up on your writing dream? If so, what motivated you to keep writing?
Here’s a sneak peak of our answer:
Many, many times. Just last night Lisa called me and said she wanted to give up. When I asked her why, she said she felt like we could never be good enough. We commiserated for approximately 2 hours (our standard phone call length) and hung up with a renewed sense of hope. Yes, there are incredible, fantastic, award-winning, we-bow-down-to-you-genius-writer books out there. Books that make you want to hold the delete button, slam your laptop shut and GIVE UP. Will our books be amongst them? Maybe? Never? Definitely? In our dreams? Who knows! The beauty is in the trying. If you give up, you’ll never know if you could have gotten there! One of the best parts about writing is that there is no race. People will always need books to read. As a result, people count on us to get better (or something like that). None of our books will ever be as perfect as we want them to be. In fact, we have a pact to NEVER read a final copy of the published book. There’s just no way we wouldn’t want to change something and that would kill us in a very slow and painful way. So we write. And we delete. And we re-write. And we complain. But at the end of the day we hope. Because you just never know. That next big book could be right around the corner. And I don’t know about you, but I want to be a part of it.
…And then the angels sang and I was inspired to write again.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, ladies. I owe you one!
P.S. Check back in September when I post Lisa and Laura’s entire W.O.W. interview. It’s one you won’t want to miss!