Full credit for this topic goes to my crit buddy and personal oxygen tank, Christine Fonseca.
We were chatting last week. Basically, I was freaking out, as per my usual, and...well, I'll just copy and paste the transcript of the chat. I'd just gotten a critique and my wall had gone up. Remember that wall? Yeah, I'm breaking that down brick by painful, heavy brick.
me: Things I can probably do in a few hours.
Christine: way to move past the "funk"....
me: And she wants part two, which I guess is good, right?
Christine: Very good!!
No major suckage!
me: Part three is a train wreck, so...
Christine: I love your confidence....
they are just words!
me: They are just words!!
I never realized that!
me: Ah, my chest is expanding the right way now.
Toldja you're like oxygen.
Christine: very very good......
Christine: and you are very sweet to say so....
me: Yes. 20/5
And then we work for 20 minutes on our MSs and then chat for 5. Okay, maybe like 15, but whatev. I could breathe again.
So srsly, they're just words. You can move them around. Change them. Delete them. Manipulate them until you have them in just the right order and saying exactly what you want.
So don't be afraid of those words! After all, they're just inanimate objects. Don't get attached to them. And don't worry if they suck! You can change them.
And that's how I broke down my wall. What has powered you through your writing? How are those words flowing for you?