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  • Nancy Coleman

    I know exactly what you mean. That’s not a very cool thing to say, because when do we know EXACTLY what someone else means? But I feel like I do.

    So, the thing is that you’re doing just what it is to do this thing you’re doing. I think the closer we get to the bone, the more our little internal editors have comments to make, and usually those comments have to do with “Don’t write that.” So, good on you. You’re writing in close to something.

    I like to invite my editors to go have tea downstairs while I write just a few more words. Sometimes they do. As long as they get to comment later. And they do.

    And does it help to read your blog post? Yup. Makes me feel proud of anyone who dares.

    November 18, 2014
    • I think another reason that we write is so that other people will hear us.

      Thank you.

      November 19, 2014
  • Sam

    Oh, I love what Nancy said. I’m definitely going to invite my editors to go have tea somewhere else when I get stuck next time. That makes me smile. It does seem like they get the loudest when I’m writing the big stuff, the things I think I shouldn’t say.

    So, what you’ve said does help and although its upsetting to know experience isn’t going to make this process any easier, at least I’ll be in fabulous company. And it makes me want to do a little dance imaging those 22,000 words and being able to read them at some soon point.

    November 18, 2014
    • I love the image of your dancing image.

      Thank you.

      November 19, 2014
  • Yay for what Nancy says!

    The only way I get around all of that criticism is to give myself permission to delete whatever I want LATER. As in days/weeks later.When writing is a struggle, I don’t give whatever I am writing a title until it is time to save it – then it is just something so I will find it on the computer again. I write in the temporary. I have multiple pages with just a few sentences in a file called “in progress”. I let my paragraphs be framework to be filled later. I let go of expectations for my work .

    Sometimes when I am truly laboring to get the words out, maybe it isn’t what I am supposed to be writing. While writing is a discipline, a wise man named Donte once told me to work when I feel it flow and don’t struggle with it when I don’t. So. When it is is rough going, I write blog posts. I see movies or read. I write sentences not paragraphs or pages. And then when then the inner editors and I are friends again, we find some beautiful things tucked away in the little bits. And quite often some surprises appeared when I let go of what I wanted it to be and just let it be.

    Hope you know you are in good company. Good luck moving through it!

    November 18, 2014
    • I love the company I’m in.

      Thanks, Robyn.

      November 19, 2014
  • S.K.

    “Slogging around inside a barrel full of mud”, god, yes. You nailed it on that one.

    Its time to write the part where I put my beloved protagonist up a tree and throw rocks at her, and all I’m doing is sloshing around in the mud. And this is just fiction! (Well, insomuch as any writing is fiction.) I can’t fathom trying to write the rough bits that are truth. But I can’t wait to read it when you do.

    November 18, 2014
    • I get this image of a porcupine in a tree and this little person wants her to come down and drop the quills and play tag.

      I don’t have any idea why.

      Good to hear from you. Thanks.

      November 19, 2014
  • Sue

    I think it would be really fun to have a party for our editors and we could all come dressed as them and speak only what they would speak because I bet they all say sort of the same things in different words. Like yours wants to know who you are writing this book and who you THINK you are that anyone might be interested in your book. If that person met MY person, your person would have to listen to “who does that Susan think she is trying to BELONG anywhere when she clearly DOES NOT BELONG anywhere, not in a church, not in a 12-step program, not in her family right now, not in her country-club neighborhood. (Kind of like Green Eggs and Ham. I do not like her Sue I am) I mean really..I think they might get a kick out of meeting my sister’s editors who say she is never good enough never has been, doesn’t do enough and never will.. Like that. Maybe after the holidays when the editors can comment on how much weight we’ve all gained, let’s invite them to tea.

    November 18, 2014
    • The editors tea party – how ducky!

      We can have a big “well, as best I can tell, this is who I think I am today” chat.

      Thanks, Sue.

      November 19, 2014
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