I've been plugging away on a few stories for months now and finally, I feel like my hibernating creativity is starting to come back to life again.
I managed to finish one short yesterday, got to work on editing a second and jotted down some notes and did a little brainstorming on a 3rd which I hope will be the first of the stories I plan to put up on Amazon, Smashwords, et al.
It’s silly how, in asking a few of my writing buddies if they’ll have time to give my stories a once over, I still get nervous.
I always feel this way, though (and don’t even get me started on how long I go back & forth with myself before hitting [SEND] on a story submission).
I guess I’ve spent so much time trying to get the words down and working toward make sense of the images in my head that I’m afraid the story won’t measure up to the idea I started with.
Either way, I would be nowhere without the input a fresh set of eyes can bring, and I actually look forward to them ripping my story to shreds if it needs it.
After those initial stages of:
- denial (I can't believe they don't like my story!)
- anger (WTF? There’s red pen all over this thing!)
- bargaining (maybe if I send them a lengthy email explaining my motivation, they’ll get it…)
- depression (Nothing I write will ever be good again!)
- and acceptance (Well, maybe they’ve got a point here…), that is.
All I want is to entertain and not fall flat on my face in the process. Is that too much to ask? 🙂
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