We all deserve a pat on the back…

Writing is fun, writing is difficult, writing is challenging, writing is amazing…

Yes, writing is all of this but sometimes we have those moments where we think:

  • “Is it good enough?”
  • “Why don´t I write more?”
  • “I´m never going to find an agent”
  • “my agent will not like this idea”
  • “I´m never going to get published”
  • “Ì´m never going to get published again”
  • “People hate my book”
  • “It sucks” “I suck” “The plot sucks”…
  • “It may be great but my query will suck”

                                                                                                                                     Source: happythings.tumblr.com via Lori on Pinterest

We´re all hard on ourselves. We´re much harder on ourselves than on others.

If one of your friends came over and told you: “I´m writing a book, I finished the first draft but I have the feeling that I can´t do it all, that I don´t spend enough time with other things. Plus, some of the subplot is just not where it´s supposed to be and my characters don´t make sense. I feel so tired.”

Your friend would reply: “You wrote a book! It´s amazing! I don´t know how you do it all.”

Yes. most people would turn to any of us, impressed by our creativity, impressed by our dedication…Not everybody but most people.

Some may even tell us we´re a tad insane to write when we have so much uncertainty about being published for us, writing is just a thing we have to do because, most of the times, it makes us happy.

However, we do need to take a moment to sit back, to realize how much we´ve accomplished and to give ourselves a pat on the back.

Feel yourself hugged!

22 Comments

  1. Pingback: Jenny Keller Ford, Young Adult Author

    • Elodie Nowodazkij says:

      I don’t mind at all Jenny 😀 And I hope you gave yourself a pat on the back for everything you’ve accomplished! and here’s to a wonderful writing week 😀

    • Elodie Nowodazkij says:

      Thanks Kitty 😀 I try to stay positive and those little pictures do help a LOT to keep a smile on 😀

  2. Jaime says:

    This is the response I’ve gotten from nearly everyone I’ve told that I’m writing a book. They’re all surprised, supportive,and encouraging. It’s me that I have to deal with. I’m the one who tells myself that I’m not good enough. Thanks for the reminder, Elodie 😀

    • Elodie Nowodazkij says:

      I’m the same way. I am kind of hard on myself and set high expectations…You know it has to be perfect 😀 but sometimes it is ok to remember that we have done a lot already and we are dedicated and…we do need to pat ourselves on the back 😀

  3. I am stopping by your blog EVERY DAY. You always put a smile on my face and in my heart. This was SO uplifting and yes – you are right. I never give myself enough credit for actually completing a book. PS – LOVE the birds!

    Thanks, Elodie!

    • Elodie Nowodazkij says:

      Awwww……this made me smile and blush a little I have to admit 😀 those birds are cute, right? I think a lot of us don’t give ourselves enough credit for everything we’ve done for all the things we have on our big plate and relaxing is GOOD. By the way, hope you enjoyed your weekend 😀 it was WELL-DESERVED!

  4. Rebecca B says:

    Thanks for this post–I had a weekend full of “it sucks,” “this plot sucks,” I suck!” I needed a pat on the back! 🙂

    • Elodie Nowodazkij says:

      I’m glad the post was timely for you Rebecca 😀 I think we all need to sit back sometimes and realize how much we’ve done! I hope your week is full of “yay!” and “wow it’s tough but I’ll manage” moments 😀

    • Elodie Nowodazkij says:

      Thanks Peggy 😀 I’m glad the picture made you smile…I think we always need to remember how much we’ve done and to sometimes take it easy a tad…We can do anything but sometimes we cannot do everything right? 😀

    • Elodie Nowodazkij says:

      I know what you mean, Jess! I’m that way too so it’s good to sometimes remember to take it easy, step back and be thankful to ourselves for what we’ve done!

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