I’m in the dreaded middle of my current WiP. The place where I inevitably lose steam and become frustrated with the story’s direction.
I need to push past it though. I need to stop looking for excuses and just write the darn thing. It’s a first draft–so it’s going to be bad–and I need to realize this already. I’m one of those who always struggles with unrealistic expectations for myself, especially when it comes to writing. I know a lot of writers do this but sometimes I let it stop me.
Anyway, I shouldn’t be stopped this time at all. Especially after my local critique group read the first chapter of the first draft and LOVED it. Like, I don’t remember a time I’ve ever had that much praise for something I’ve written, especially an unedited first draft! So why have I stopped?
Maybe because I’m scared. Scared that I’ll butcher what they saw. It’s that writer’s fear once again…and that dreaded middle that’s stopped me in my tracks.
I need to join up with my writing sprint buddies again. I need to leave the fear behind and conquer the middle. And to any other writer out there who is in the same spot–or close–we need to leave that inner editor locked away and turn off the voices telling us we’re no good. Or else how can we continue?
Here’s hoping I’m successful in this and that you are too! 🙂