Saturday, March 20, 2010
Self-doubt is the bane of any writer's existence. It creeps in when you least expect it and can stop you cold. I know it's stopped me several times and lately, I've been experiencing it a little more often than I'd like.
Believe me when I say, this is not writer's block. On the contrary, I actually have more ideas than I know what to do with and that seems to be the problem. I've written four new scenes. I love them all but either the order seems wrong or one of them needs to go.
Since this is the rough draft I should just cut and paste it to my deleted scene file for this project. Instead, I've wasted too much time dithering and have nearly lost the momentum that the original scene inspired.
It may be time for my little inner critic/internal editor to be locked in a closet. Hey Serena, I think I may have just figured out that a "green room" would be a lovely place for her. I'd make it so comfortable that she wouldn't want to come out for a really long time. Couple of months, at least. That would give me time for a little free-form scene writing.
Which, now that I think of it, is exactly what I've been doing. Writing scenes as they come to me. They don't need to be in order at this point, I just need to get them down. I'll Feng Shui them later.
Maybe it's overly simplistic to think that silencing my inner critic will completely do away with self-doubt but I think I might be on the right path. How about you? How do you deal with this problem?
Oh, come on. You know how nosy I am;-)