So, I got my edits back over a month ago, and I still haven’t gone through them all. I have a lot of fear. Fear of rejection, fear my writing won’t be good enough. But it’s more than that. I realize now the reason so much of my writing has fallen flat is that I haven’t really been editing, just spewing story. Even when I make corrections, it’s all spew.
I need to sit down and do the work of polishing the spew. Intentionally using all the tools of the trade, crafting the story in other words.
And I’m afraid I won’t be able to.
So if you see me not writing, will you remind me that I need to just suck it up? Thanks.
Today’s post title is taken from a famous writers’ book called “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. Check it out if you have a moment. I got my copy somewhere around here. She offers some practical advice on the writer’s process and craft. Good stuff.