I had one of those moments again. I was working on my prologue to Angel Odyssey, trying to hit my March 31st deadline and I just felt like poo. I told myself that I didn’t have it, that I couldn’t focus, that the story was all wrong. But then the little voice inside me spoke up. Yes, I was losing focus on the prologue, yes the pages I wrote last night are the wrong pages. But realizing that is good.
Sometimes you have to write the wrong things. So long as you realize they’re wrong, there’s no harm in that. Sometimes you have to write stuff in order to cut it. You as a writer have to know something, so you write it. It may not make it into the final work but you needed to know something, so you write it down.
That’s how my mind works sometimes at least. So I’m going back to the Throne of Writing(TM) tonight and I’m going to cut out almost everything I wrote last night. And it will be better for the cutting, leaner and I’m going to have the right words and the right pacing. And if not, then by heaven, I’ll do it again tomorrow.
Don’t listen to the voice inside you that tears you down. Listen instead to the voice that tells you what you need to do to improve.