Day 292 – Truth

Writing after receiving a glowing critique is just as hard as writing after a harsh one. The different is that instead of wallowing in dejection your giddy and wondering how you’ll ever pull it off again and you do want to pull it off again because carrying the weight of a good critique is so much pleasurable than the weight of a bad one. There’s a danger in a good critique though. Your head swells a little and your inner Veruca Salt can take over screaming I’M BRILLIANT! to drown out the nice, humble writer voice in your head saying Don’t let it go to your head. Writing is still hard, even brilliant writers have to try. Don’t stop trying. Anyway, it’s a battle. The part of me that wants to sit smugly on my laurels like I’ve proven myself and the anxious part who is cautioning me to keep going, keep going, we haven’t made it yet. Because we haven’t. My manuscript is not even near complete. Maybe a third of the way through is I add up all the stray unpolished bits. I don’t know if I’ll finish on time, but I’m going to get as close as possible. I love this project, it deserves to be written. I want to write it and I want to write it well.

I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now. – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Prompt:  Write a subtle compliment.

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