I spent four days this past week out of town, visiting relatives, and not once did I work on my book. (I made some quick edits while reading the prologue to my stepmother, but that doesn’t count.)
As I sit at my desk preparing to get back into the swing of things, I’m nervous. About my ability, about whether I’m going to get back on track, about whether this whole thing is going to turn out the way I’d planned. As a writer friend told me recently, “I’m working on a book that can make me feel like I’m the worst writer in the world one day, decent the next.” I can totally relate!
That’s no way to delve into a couple hours of writing, though. Julia Cameron to the rescue. I just randomly opened “The Writer’s Life: Insights from The Right to Write” to these words: “We must be small enough, humble enough, to always be beginners, observers…[and at the same time] we must stay big enough to recognize that any individual criticism, any negative feedback, accurate or not, must always be seen in light of the bigger picture: we have actually made something and we plan to make many – and perhaps better – things more.”
This is Julia Cameron. She knows what she’s talking about. So I’m going to appreciate what I’ve accomplished so far – and begin again.
How do you stay positive after second-guessing a passion project?