I have been hearing a lot of noise from the voices in my head lately.
Each voice has been filled with fear, doubt and lies.
I’ve been freaked out.
I’ve been scared. (And it might be worse now because of that spider picture above! Eeeek!)
But I’m tired of listening to lies, what ifs and could bes.
I refuse to give in.
Here is a breakdown of the voices I have been hearing and why each is a lie.
You suck as a person for writing this.
Okay, first off, my self worth is not up for grabs with one short story or anything I write for that matter.
The story will suck.
Maybe so. But it’s impossible to know without writing it.
You can’t finish it.
Oh yes I can, and I WILL. Chew on that for a while now please and SHUT UP.
No one will read it.
Well, by default I think my wife will read it And I have a few other awesome friends who will read it too. So again voice, SHUT UP.
You will NEVER be able to sell any fiction.
Oh wait a second, I have to FINISH it to sell it. Now SHUT UP voice! I caught you there. Ha! Oh and “any fiction” implies more than one. Again, say hello to Mr. Shutty!! (Tip of the hat there to the awesome Doug Heffernan)
You look like a piece of garbage for writing this piece of garbage.
This doesn’t make sense really. So I look like garbage for writing garbage. What if it’s not total garbage? Isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder? If I like it, doesn’t all of this fall apart?
Your writing has more holes in it than swiss cheese.
My writing will get better. And I do like swiss cheese. Mmmmhmmm. Swiss cheese. Nom nom.
You can’t write dialogue-AT ALL.
Maybe not. But you gotta start somewhere. And I KNOW I’m not alone in this battle. I will just try my best and learn.
You suck, you suck, you suck.
I think my voices are getting desperate here. They certainly aren’t creative. Perhaps they will SHUT UP now??
Will you share some of the voices in your head and why it is a lie? Thanks.