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Fear and Success and Keeping On…

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fear and Success and Keeping On…

I promised myself that there would be NO MORE BLOGGING—or Tweeting or random researching, or any of the other ways I distract myself and procrastinate—until I began the much-dreaded rewrite of my latest YA, VOICE.

  I usually love to rewrite, but this round has been unexpectedly difficult to begin. Why, you ask? For an unanticipated reason: an editor or two actually LIKE the manuscript.

Intellectually, I know this is a Very Good Thing. The problem is that now it’s up to me to sift through advice and suggestions, dive back into the story, and turn around a rewrite that WOWs…and that’s a little scary. I’m close, but I’ve been this close before. I’m afraid I’ll screw it up.

iStock_000006789833XSmallI think my inner 6-year-old is holding onto the logic that, if I don’t ever turn in the rewrite, I can’t possibly fail. It’s the same logic that keeps writers from submitting manuscripts, because that which is not submitted can never be rejected, right? Surely I’m not the only writer to struggle with gut-level illogic?

I know, I know: the solution to this problem is to trick my subconscious into moving on, which is what I’ve been working on this week. I’ve made enough progress that I’m allowed to blog again and maybe even write a Tweet or two.

If I’m a good girl and keep on writing that story!!

:) Cheryl

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At June 23, 2010 at 5:17 PM , Blogger Bringing Pretty Back said...

Cheryl, This post makes perfect sense to me! Do the rewrite. It will be scary , but you will feel so fantastic when it i done I am sure!
Have a pretty night!

At June 23, 2010 at 5:24 PM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Thank you!! Getting started on it sure felt good. I'll keep on keeping on...

At June 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

I completely get you; I am in the same boat and am still fiddling and re-tooling even though I know the re-write has gone well. I told myself I can submit new chapters to my crit group, and one new reader who has never read it to read the whole manuscript, then I HAVE TO SEND IT OFF!

Keep going, Cheryl!


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