Writers might be professional dealers of BS, but readers aren't the only one who end up believing in fairy tales. Here are a few lies writers tell themselves...and the truths they probably need to believe instead.
Lies Writers Tell Themselves:
- I will totally write 1,000 words after I watch an episode of [insert TV show here].
- This. Is. Gold.
- I am never, ever, ever going to finish this manuscript.
- It’s so perfect I don’t even need an editor!
- This. Is. Crap.
- Agents and editors are scary.
- I’m the only one who needs to understand what I mean.
- Just one more round of edits and it’s done.
- My computer will never crash while I’m writing the final chapter.
- I’m going to be rich and famous!
Truths Writers Should Tell Themselves:
- If I watch more than one episode, chances are I’ve given up on writing for today.
- My critique group is going to have fun with these pages.
- Maybe I should start writing according to a word count calendar.
- I need an editor. Two editors. ALL THE EDITORS.
- I need encouragement, a walk, chocolate, and a puppy. Also, my critique group is going to have fun with these pages.
- Agents and editors are people.
- If this confused people, I should rewrite it.
- If all I do is edit, I’ll never move forward.
- Backup. Backup. Backup.
- I’m going to make enough money to buy a movie ticket once a year!
Michelle is sick, and this tiny post is the best her addled, exhausted brain could come up with today.