Saturday, January 29, 2011


I’ve lost a lot of confidence in my writing lately. I don’t know if it’s just the funk I’ve been going through, or that I just don’t have any faith in myself. I quit allowing my family and friends read until I finish, all except for my mom. She has been the one keeping me writing. Every chapter I finish is sent to her and must pass with her full approval. Lately though it takes me longer to write a chapter and when I am done I’m really unsure on if it truly works, even though I have only had one out of twenty five chapters to be sent back with a try again.
Last night she called to report back on the latest chapter. “Stop doubting yourself! This was great!” and she continued to tell me what she loved most about the whole chapter.
“What you need to do is just write. Finish your book. Start a new book. You’re a great writer, stop doubting that.”
As I lay in bed last night, admiring my son sleeping next to me, I thought about what she said. I write nearly every day, though not always on my book. I spend too much time these days updating my blog babble. So I’m going to try and cut back on the babble, and not post on useless topics…
Instead, I will use my blogging time to finish my book. I hope I don’t find anything else to distract me from my goals…
What distracts you from your WIP?


  1. Aw, it happens to all of us... even though you sent me tons of praise on my book, I sat down this morning, just wanting to cry because I think it's just so bad.

    But you know, I think that might be a good thing, because the more critical I am, the more I strive to get better, and I know you strive to get better, too, or else you wouldn't dedicate so much of your life to writing!

    Chin up! Finish that book, and then get it critted, so your second draft can be even better! YOU CAN DO IT!

  2. I really don't understand what you are so worried about, Marisa. You are such an amazing writer. I love reading your blogs and it was an absolute treat to read some of SLEEP. I seriously can't wait to read the rest :)
    Thanks for the pick me up. I hate ranting online so I'll stop :) And I'll just keep writing, because I love it, and love to share it!

  3. Aw, it wasn't a rant. You're just frustrated. We all have that!!