Feelings Aren’t Facts

I used to be amazed at the madness of my mind. One day, I think my writing is brilliant, and the next I’m cringing with embarrassment.

It’s difficult to have objectivity when we’re in the middle of our story. For first-time novelists it’s particularly challenging because we have no evidence that what we’re doing will ever bear fruit.

Don’t make too much meaning out of your feelings. There will be good days and bad days, and you might be surprised at the wildness of your mood swings, particularly in the beginning. Just make your goal the completion of your daily page count. Only then can you step back and see what you’ve got.

How do you deal with the ups and downs of writing?