#IWSG: Despite it All

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to talk myself back into writing a novel. The doubt seeps in and I ask myself, “What makes you think you can write this story? Who do you think you are?”

But I ignore that voice and continue to write, despite it.

I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up in a cold sweat, afraid that no matter how hard I try to tell good stories, I may never be successful as a writer.

But I still get up the next morning. And write.

The doubt is heavy at times, especially in the face of rejection, but I think (and don’t quote me on this) that someone very wise once said something about the path of least resistance; it ain’t gonna get you where you want to be in life.

Writing a novel is hard. Pursuing a writing career is even harder. And believing in yourself, even in the face of rejection? Exponentially (insert expletive) hard.

But despite the fear, doubt, insecurities, and seemingly impossible odds, I write.

You can find a list of other IWSG members here.

18 thoughts on “#IWSG: Despite it All

  1. Doing the thing that scares you, and doing it everyday, is a sign of strength. Of bravery. Being a writer isn’t how those on the outside imagine it. It’s not generally glamorous. It’s lonely and in order to suceed you’ve got to push through all your own issues to get to the truth of your work.

    That’s why having a community is so very important. Having other writers around to help you through the doubt, to cheer on your successes, to hold your hand through the missteps and to challenge you to be better is the best way to succeed.
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  2. Welcome to IWSG! I think back to 4 yrs ago when I first started writing novels and I think that was the best time . . . beginnings are wonderful things–they’re full of possibilities and ignorance is bliss 🙂 If you enjoy doing it, then that’s all that matters.
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    • I started writing novels 4 years ago too! Back then I was so full of excitement about the prospect of that project being published and when it didn’t happen I felt deflated. But here I am, 4 years later, still writing!
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  3. Here-here!

    I call this having to talk yourself back into writing the novel the “love hate” phase of the relationship. Sometimes I love my novel and it’s the greatest thing in the world. Other times I loathe that $(%%_* ! But we always kiss and make up in the end 🙂
    Love the blog 🙂
    Kaye Draper at Write Me

    • Kaye! Yes, I call it the love hate phase too. When you start a novel it’s like being in a brand new relationship, and after that you’re like, “Oh, no. You again?” But as you say, we always kiss and make up!
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  4. This is entirely off topic, but I love the grass at the bottom of your site. That is so cool!
    Ok, back to you post, I had the same problem until I got my first rejection and the world didn’t end and it didn’t suck my will to write out of me. I figure I got over the hurdle and now I can go about improving and getting better.
    It helps to realize doubt and rejection is part of the process as well.
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  5. Any writer who is writing for publication feels this way. Don’t give up.

    My friend Natasha Hanova said it best. “You doubt because you care, and that can only lead to great things.”

    Welcome to the group.
    IWSG# 123, until Alex culls the list again. 🙂

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