Monday, April 12, 2010

Now I Am The Voice

Having a down day? A down month? Wondering if this writing thing is for you? Got too many voices in your head--and I don't mean characters. I mean self-doubt--? Those stinging ones I talked about last week, saying "I can't." or "I'm not good enough." Or whatever.

Try this on for size. (And yes, I cry at this assembly. UVU--a local university--athletes come and present it to schools. I am a baby. Deal with it.)

Now I am the VOICE.
I will LEAD, not follow.
I will CREATE, not destroy.
I am a FORCE for GOOD
I am a LEADER
DEFY the ODDS
Set a NEW STANDARD
Step up

Step up

Step up!

(~Anthony Robbins)


So today, I invite you to silence the stinging voices, and take control. Today, YOU are the VOICE. What will you say?

84 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

Yeah, I keep bouncing to that place this past week, Telling myself lovely horrid things how I stink as a writer etc.:) So will work on that on today!

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Reading certain awesome books makes me hear those voices about my own writing, lol! I just tell them she's got more practice. I'll get there.

Mary Campbell said...

I definitely know that place. I'm working on over coming it. I want to be voice. Thanks for the encouragement.

Cynthia Watson said...

Right on! Thanks Elana - I needed that!

Candyland said...

I say life's too short. DO IT. DO NOT GIVE UP. And under no circumstances should you ever, EVER get a gremlin wet.

Tamika: said...

Oh how I needed this! I am the voice, and I will triumph.

The words are just waiting to be discovered.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh no! You're expecting me to think so early in the morning.

My voice is getting excited about all the changes I've made to my ms recently. Of course she likes to pop up with her doubt whenever I read a great book. Which is often. But it's her way of encouraging me to challenge myself to do better.

Sheri Larsenッ said...

As always, wonderfully inspiring. Add this one: "Tell the editor in your head to SHUT-UP!" Just write.

Scott said...

Great mantra and, what Sheri said!

Christine Fonseca said...

You wrote that for me, didn't you *wink*

JustineDell said...

I CAN DO IT!

~JD

I think I may have that tattooed somewhere. ;-)

Matthew Rush said...

Great post Elana! I love how you often manage to say so much in so succinct a post - I need to work on that.

Anyway I think this is great advice. I believe that to be successful at this kind of thing (writing, art) one has to have a certain amount of Zen.

In High School my Basketball Coach taught us that in order to make a free throw you had to SEE the ball going through the hoop - before you took the shot.

Believe that you will find success - KNOW it in your heart of hearts - and you will.

Just my two cents.

Rebecca L Sutton said...

YES! This is awesome motivation!I just read this one in my Daily Guru email...

"Only those who risk going too far can know how far they can go."

Marybeth Poppins said...

I've been the voice since Saturday...I am loving it too. I'm happy to be back in the writing world :)

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Yea, lets conquer this writing thing!

When I feel utterly low I keep on hand a couple of horrible books Lol I know, pathetic! I say to myself, "If that can be published, by good gods so can I!!!!"

Linda Kage said...

My voice is saying, "Get to work, woman, and start writing!"

Solvang Sherrie said...

I like your voice. Much nicer than mine can be :)

Jen said...

Awesome post Elana! Once again very true and powerful words! I know that writing is for me and I'm excited to get back into the swing of things now that I'm back in town!

I'm having a down day but that's because it's 5 days again without my hubby!!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Great post Elana. I'm going to remind myself of that everytime that little doubt fairy whispers in my ear that I can't. I can. I just need to believe it:)

Julia Smith said...

I get weepy over stuff like that, too. What can I say? It's part of being someone who feels deeply enough for all the characters that have to come to life via me.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Stepping up so take that sucka. (Not you sucka...the ugly voice sucka...)

Have a nice day. ;)
~ Wendy

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Oh one of my CPs needs to read this SO bad. *sending her a link immediately!!!*

Susan R. Mills said...

Thanks for the pep talk! I needed it.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

One of my CPs just sent me the link to your post (err...see above. ha!) And yes, I truly needed to see this. Thank you for that. Perhaps I'll actually get my queries out today. Just maybe.

Liza said...

Perfect timing. Yes I CAN.

Lisa K. said...

I know those voices well. I think this would be a great mantra to print out and display somewhere prominently in my writing area. Thanks for this.

Jess of All Trades said...

Timely. Thank you!

Alison Eckel said...

I'm totally in the questioning mode right now. So thanks for the encouragement!

storyqueen said...

My voice says, "Stop reading blogs and get back to your own writing!!"

Oops.

Oh well...

Shelley

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This is awesome, Elana! I am soooo making it into a poster for my classroom! :-)

Krista said...

My dad knows I can do it.
Somehow, that's just one voice I can never argue with. It's stone solid.

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

That questioning voice was me the last half of the week. As soon as I said, I'm going to get ready to query.

Today, I say, "I will not be defined by potential failures. Only by potential success."

Casey McCormick said...

If only it were that easy. Thanks Elana. : )

Theresa Milstein said...

I like that!

Since seeing Almost Alice yesterday, I've been feeling pretty pumped up. I like the young lady finding her voice and taking charge that they created in this new Alice. It gave me an epiphany for the manuscript I'm editing - realizing that my protagonist needs to find her voice in a stronger way that I'd done in the rougher draft. This post goes along with that idea - like a sign that it's the right direction to take the manuscript.

Lydia Kang said...

I wish it were as easy as that. I try, I try, and sometimes it's not there. But when it is, it's great!

Kristi Helvig said...

What a great way to start the week. Tony is also amazing proof that you can overcome great obstacles through positive thinking. Thanks, Elana!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

I need to write that on a post-it and stick it to the bathroom mirror or something.

Stephanie Thornton said...

This is a great cheer to start off my week. I'm hoping it's a great one.

Thanks, Elana!

Janet Johnson said...

Time to crush those doubts. :)

Palindrome said...

I usually pick up my very worn copy of Walking on Alligators and read a couple of pages. That is encouraging and inspiring. And most recently, I read other writer's blogs and knowing that others are going through the same thing helps so much. And then I just get right back in there!

LynnRush said...

Great post, Elana. What a way to start a Monday!

Crystal Cook said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I actually got kind of teary when I read that, so apparently I'm a big baby too :)

I will tell those voices to shut up this week!

:)

Talli Roland said...
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Talli Roland said...

Oh, I like it! I'm going to say:

Eat your bloody cupcake, will you, and just stop dreaming about it -- now get back to work!

JEM said...

I say: other people will doubt you enough, don't doubt yourself. Sometimes you are your only cheerleader, so shout it loud and proud! (oh gosh, flashbacks to high school)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for the encouragement. I definitely need it. Today's been one of my self doubt days for sure.

Jana Hutcheson said...

Thanks, Elana! I needed that!

Patti said...

Have you ever thought about a career in motivational speaking?

SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

Great post (as always). For the first time in a very long time I am actually feeling very confident in myself as a writer. I expect that will last approximately 2 days :P But I have people like you to remind me to keep going even when I'm sure every word is garbage.

Thanks for the encouragement :)

Laura Marcella said...

THANK YOU FOR THIS! I constantly need to silence those voices. Writing is such a self-involved endeavor that it's hard to be objective. Writers need this encouragement!

Shannon said...

Awesome post, thank you.

Paul Greci said...

Thanks, Elana. My voice says, "Write on!"

Bonnie said...

Thanks, that was needed. Received another rejection letter today. Ho Hum. Asked myself if this is worth it, then I read this. Yes, I'll keep going forward.

Angie said...

Cool! I would have cried too. I think I'll tell myself to stop worrying about how long my novel is or how long it is taking me to write it, and just enjoy it. It'll be done when it's ready, and just the right length. Also have to tell myself that I can do this. I don't need to quit.

John Sankovich said...

I think my inner voice is going to say go to sleep, but that's probably because I'm currently waiting on feedback while working on a new chapter for my book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Elana. I blogged about this very issue today.

Georgiana said...

Inspiring! I will say:

I am a Proverbs woman and I laugh at the days to come :D

December said...

I've always wanted to see tony robbins speak!
Keep on truckin, one foot in front of the other, etc etc.

Rebecca said...

Thanks, Elana. I needed this today. I'm feeling woefully inadequate with the conference coming up next week. I hardly have anything written, though I've been busy with a baby.

Still, I need to make time (at least 15 minutes or so!) for my writing.

Krispy said...

Thanks Elana! Perfect timing for this pep talk. Was feeling a bit down lately about the whole writing thing. :)

Also, the phrase "You're the Voice" immediately makes me think of the John Farnham song of the same name. It's pretty epic, but probably mostly because I associate it with cast members of BBC's show Merlin lip syncing to it. Haha.

Ann Marie Wraight said...

When tortured by self doubt, just play the words Tina Turner sings;

"I'M SIMPLY THE BEST" on full blast...and even if you don't believe it - it's still a great song!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

My voice is telling the others to shut up.

Cheree said...

Great post, Elana. I love it. I am the VOICE. I am trying to wipe that awful "c" word from my vocabulary ("can't" just doesn't exist).

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

I will say that I WILL send Laura my newly revised first 3 chapters and I will NOT panic that she will hate them. (Though I probably will still bite my nails.)

Okay, I have an email to send my agent. *gulp*

Jill Kemerer said...

Who doesn't struggle with self-doubt?? Thank you for this affirmation.

Tina Lynn said...

I will say that you are made of awesome and if I become a tenth of the person you are, I'll call it good:)

Jemi Fraser said...

I love, love, LOVE that speech! I have chills :)

self-confidence can be a problem for me - but I'm working on it!!

Jessica Nelson said...

I've never heard that before. Hmmm, I have a feeling my Voice is going to say, "Go to Bed, Jessie". LOL
Good stuff though. I get what you mean. ;-)

Karen Lange said...

Good reminder, thanks. I think mine is saying "You can do this Karen Lynne". Okay, so it also would be my Mom telling me this too. She'd also tell me that I look tired and should take a nap.

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Deb Salisbury said...

Yes! Great post! I need the inspiration sometimes. Hmm. Many times, in this slow path to publication. Thanks!

Janna Qualman said...

This is fantastic. I may print it out.

L.T. Elliot said...

I say: "Live! Write!" And I say "shut up" to the bad voices. ;)

Bethany Wiggins said...

Great post!

Gail said...

Great mantra. Important to set a positive intention every day, no matter how you say it. :-D

Jennie Englund said...

Your voice + your vision = value to your audience!

Terresa said...

No matter what crap is behind us or ahead of us, We Writers rock! The end.

Glynis said...

Inspiring topic, Elana.

My mantra for this week is: I have read worse, it is worth posting. ;0

Jennifer Walkup said...

wonderful post and something we all deal with from time to time!

Sandy Shin said...

I've heard so many of those self-defeating voices these past few weeks, and these lines are perfect. Thank you!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I will say, Yes, I can, because I am beautifully and wonderfully made.

Holly said...

I needed to read this. I have to much on my plate and the thing I really want to do is being held back by these thoughts. Some sleep, sunshine, and being reminded of this, and maybe I'll snap out of it.

Christina Farley said...

What a great post. So, so true. I need to hear that encouragement!

rebecca said...

I say you have spoken to my inner critic most sensibly and articulately. I needed to hear those words. I will definitely be printing this out and reading it often.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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