Wednesday, March 14, 2012

That feeling

So I've been flying through a book that I have to say I love. The voice is fantastic, and you know me and voice--it equals total pink hearts swirling around my head. The thing that gets me after the love haze clears for a second is the thought that I'm so not up to that level. I mean really, me querying my piece of yuck. How do I even measure up to that? Total rejection for sure. What am I thinking?

Then after I freak out a little more and let the voices of my writer friends enter my head, I calm down and think.

It takes practice, and hard work. 

You have to push yourself beyond where you ever thought possible.

You have to take one step at a time.

You will write crap and you will fail, but you have to keep going. I'm pretty sure the author of this book went through the same thing.

Different voices all going through my head, reminding me to stay on track. I love my writer friends. No, I'm not crazy, at least, I don't think I am. I would think my writer friends would've told me. Oh boy, new story idea.

Anyway, the point is these books will come along, and yes, you will feel inadequate, but you have to keep in mind a few things. You have to look at the experience of that author. If they've been doing this for a while then they are seasoned. They also have editors. Plus, you have to look at you. You need to keep going and learning and you will get there.

Have you had this feeling before?

By the way--This is what I'm reading:

Have a great day!


  1. I have to start this book. I have it--I just need to pick it up and open the darn page! And yes, I've been there. I think all creative people go through thoughts like you are describing, even seasoned ones. There is always doubt because there are always going to be different stages of the journey. But you are right- you just have to keep growing, keep learning. Just keep going.

  2. I get that feeling sometimes too. I just force myself back to writing and hope that one day someone will get excited about my story as I did about the one I just read. :)

  3. I feel that way all the time.

    I've heard great things about the book. It's on my TBR list.

  4. I've totally gotten that feeling. I've read a ton of amazing books and asked, "How come I can't write something like this?" But I keep in mind that I'm probably at a different stage than that particular published writer, and also that it's not impossible for me to write something that good. I just haven't gotten there yet. Keep up your positive attitude, Christine!

  5. The only thing that saves me from jealousy over these elite YA authors (Laurie Halse Anderson esp) is I don't want to write like John Green or even Laurie. I want to write like me. I want my voice to shine through. Dwelling on others' work won't let that happen.

  6. That book gave me total writing envy! But you're right--we just need to keep going, keep challenging ourselves.

  7. Sure! But I also realize, I am not that writer. However I write, it's my style and my gig.

  8. Oh, yeah. It's like when I see a swim suit model and wonder, why didn't I get her genetics? Only I'm envying that writer's brain. : )

  9. ...upon finishing up the novel, "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle," I felt exactly the same way.

    But as you said, keep practicing, for only then will the magic happen ;)


  10. I get like that too. Most of the time, in fact. But we have to find our own voices.

    And TFIOS is gorgeous. Gorgeous.

  11. I absolutely love finding books like this! I have mixed feelings about reading this book b/c I know it's sad. But if it comes to the library - I will.