We've all had those moments where flushing our writing down the toilet sounds like the smartest thing to do. How many times can we read the same scene, the same chapter ending, the same line of dialogue before we feel like giving our words the swirlie they deserve?
There are many days when I think my writing is crap. I feel like no matter how much editing, tweaking, and re-writing I do, I need to accept that it stinks and send it floating to the septic tank.
On second thought, maybe I need a toilet this big...
This is usually the point where I start whining to my critique partners. And because they are the most wonderful people in the world, they reassure me that my writing is not sewage and promise to help wipe away the waste.
Hopefully you have a few critique partners like mine--fellow writers that make your writing sparkle. If not, GET THEM NOW! Network, hook-up with wordsmiths like yourself, get some feedback from people who are riding the same swirl. We need each other!
And while they're spinning their magic around your prose, it's time to get your toilet brush out and start scrubbing too.
You can do it!
Read a story written by an author whose writing style inspires you or peruse your favorite book on the craft of writing. Search the net for editing check lists and agent how-to's. Check out other blogs and read about their stories of rejection, getting "The Call", and upcoming publishing dates.
YOU CAN DO IT!
So if your fifty-eighth query rejection just hit your inbox and when you opened it, this is what you saw
That's self doubt talking. There is no image in your email. The agent does not want to flush you and your writing down the crapper.
Keep these wise words in mind:
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail". Ralph Waldo Emerson
And remember to have a really strong scrub brush :)
Have you ever wanted to give your writing a toilet swirlie?