Wednesday, February 9, 2011
State of Mind
My Dad was like that, always telling me what I needed when I needed it most. Anything important that I've ever learned, I've learned from him. But Dad was absolutely right: Rather than getting better at tennis, I was telling myself all the reasons why I sucked at it. I was sabotaging my progress, whether I realized it or not.
I've had periods like that as a writer too. When the rejections were coming in fast and furious, I let myself wallow in all the reasons why I thought my writing skills sucked. But then I'd hear my Dad's voice somewhere in the back of my mind, and somehow I'd figure out a new way--write in a new genre, improve my craft, take another writing class, submit to different agents, publishers, etc. Always moving forward, never backwards. Never giving up.
Who do you reach out to when you need a mental reality check? How do you put yourself on the right track during periods of doubt? Bigger question: Who remembers the adorable Bjorn Borg?