Last weekend I was feeling very insecure. I told my husband I needed a meeting (this meeting actually, not the other kind). I told him I wasn't sure my writing is ever going to be good enough. He said he was sure it is. I said, "But I haven't written in a week."
I know I'm not alone in the thing where the insecurities are a little more brutal during a long break from writing. I've seen The Shining.
My husband, who isn't a writer at all, made a great analogy. He told me writers are like fairies, the Nickelodeon kind. On Fairly Odd Parents, fairy godparents get very sweaty and then explode into confetti if they go too long without giving wishes. It's called Magical Build-Up.
After the fairies explode from not using their magic wands, they end up in a pile on the floor like Wanda.
That's exactly how I felt. So I wrote two chapters and immediately felt better.
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This post is part of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group, monthly group therapy/group hug for writers.