The post related more to how my state of mind, my feelings, affect my writing.
Today I want to tackle it from the reverse angle - how writing affects my feelings.
Often I am told that my hide is quite thick. And it's true. I choose (note the key word here) not to get hurt by people as much as I can.
That's all very nice and works quite well in my personal life, but oh boy, it fails miserably when it comes to my writing.
Now I bet you're thinking, not another post about handling rejections...
No. Well, almost no.
I've discovered that my writing affects me in the following manner, and the order is important here, from best to worst.
- On days I recieve good news re my writing/submissions I'm elated. Almost panicky.
- On very productive days, i.e. - the amount of writing done, I'm happier than on less-productive days.
- On days where the percieved quality (by me) of my writing is fine, as on days I've revised something to my satisfaction, I'm happier.
- Then come the days I recieve "bad" news about my writing, and while I don't enjoy getting rejection letters, at least I feel that I'm moving on.
- Then come the worst days of all: those days I haven't written anything.
The days in which I've done nothing to advance my writing affect me the worse as the feeling of failure is the greatest.
So while publishing is something important, it's almost a side-effect of hard work that manifests itself in good writing (which has better chances at getting published).
Do you feel the same?
Categories: writing, process, publishing