THE MANDATORY CRY OF "I SUCK AND I SHOULD QUIT WRITING."
You know, the amount of crying I do (or we writers do, because I don't think I'm alone) should have warranted me quitting already.
I have just finished reading the 3rd draft of The Badlings, then read my editor @araenel's notes, and we both agree that it needs a lot of work. Lessons I've learned (while smearing snot all over my face):
- Don't ever switch story gears in the middle (I had to change the story due to copyright issues).
- Don't judge your writing compared to that of your earlier books. It will be different and that's okay. It doesn't mean you're getting worse.
- Don't get discouraged by noticing flaws. It's a good thing. It means you're growing and getting better.
Anyway, I'm still astounded at the amount of self-doubt I have to battle every day. Whenever will it end? I have asked Christopher Moore this at one of his readings, thinking that he would be over it, with all of his experience. You know what he said?
"Sorry to disappoint you. It never ends."
Right. At least now these depressing episodes don't discourage me anymore. Or, to be more precise, they don't discourage me for longer than 30 minutes. Starting the next draft tomorrow.