Day Twenty-Seven, and We are Writing Ferociously!!!
Posted by Elisa Beatty Feb 6 2012, 12:00 am
I got to spend a couple hours in sprints again today, and they were FABULOUS!!!!! Thanks to the wonderful Tamara Hogan for hosting, and to Kelley and PattiAnn and Melanie and Jennifer and everybody else who was there for some great camaraderie, inspiration, and conversation!
During the chat part of the sprint (aside from seriously crushing on Adam Levine and PUPPIES!!!), we got around to the topic of fear, and how it seems to rear its head just when you’re at the threshold of success….like when an editor takes interest in your work, and wants to see MORE.
It’s so easy to freeze up and let fear hold you back from even trying. “What if I’m not good enough?” “What if what the editor has seen so far is the only good thing about my writing?”
We talked about how, if an editor is interested, it means you DO have what it takes–you need to trust your talent, and GET THAT WORK FINISHED AND OUT THERE!! And Tammy told us of advice she got from her editor: not to hold back, but to break through inhibitions and write with all the intensity she’s got. The editor will pull you back from the ledge if you go too far, but to have a powerful book, you’ve got to cut loose!
Tammy’s not one for slogans, but the one phrase she has pasted above her computer is “Write ferociously!”
What a great motto!!! Several of us decided to adopt it immediately.
So, how’s it going for you? Are you all writing FEROCIOUSLY today?