Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Can you relate to Beaker?



You know the first thing I thought when I saw the video? This is what I do to myself sometimes. I swear there are times when I can feel the barbs pop up around me.

I am not saying that we shouldn't work on our craft. We should. Always.

However, there's a big difference between "I need to tighten the last three chapters" and "What am I doing? I'm embarrassed to even read this."*

This video was a good reminder for me: the best way to end up burnt out and weeping over my computer is to pay attention to the harpies. We gain the strength to improve when we refuse to listen to them.

Sometimes ... that means telling our own self to shut up.

Now let's go give Beaker a hug.


*I was sitting at Barnes and Noble, hammering out the first draft of a scene and praying that no one could read over my shoulder.

4 comments:

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

I hear you Sarah. We are our own worst critics. Keep the faith, you'll get there someday.

Sarah said...

You're right, Andrea. I will get there. I think I'll get there more quickly when I learn to be nice to myself...

lelapinamoureux said...

give your manuscript unconditional love ;)

Sarah said...

You're absolutely right!