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Feeling Discouraged…. can I really do this?


Over the weekend I went to a workshop with two wonderful editor’s, Mary Knipple and manuscript 20150407_160713Teresa LeYung Ryan, great ladies and always positive.

I printed out my manuscript for the workshop and what a thrill, to see it, as one, neatly stacked pile of paper. What wasn’t so thrilling was seeing how rough my manuscript is.  Then I was looking forward to editing this from the beginning. But…. I have to finish my ending (I’m still working on it).

Why am I discouraged? I’m feeling overwhelmed with the knowledge that I don’t have enough ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????knowledge. Will it come to me? Will it be too hard? Am I good enough? Then. I start thinking I should quit and wonder why I’m even trying. But… I so desperately want to finish my story and run through my draft and polish it with the knowledge I have. I will continue to educate myself and make edits to my draft. Why? Because I need to.

don't give up

I am thankful for my writing friends who gave me a much needed pep talk. “Every writer goes through this.” “There’s nothing wrong with having a manuscript that isn’t pretty, every book starts that way.”



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  1. Remember what we learned about Stephen King’s first draft back at the Writer’s Digest Novel-Writing Conference in LA?

    This is what First Drafts are for. They’re supposed to need more work.

    YOU CAN DO THIS. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end. And you have people beside you, more than willing to help, support, and cheerlead.

    I believe in you!

    Missy Kirtley

    • Thank you Missy. It’s good to know I have friends who are patient and willing to help me along my way. Cheers to you, and your support!!!!

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