Fiction, Inspiration, Writing

Cheerleaders needed!

Okay, so the other day—50,000 words into my wip—I slid down the I’m-writing-garbage chute. My usual cheerleader (hey, Mary) was out of reach, so other friends had to step in to slap me back to my senses. One of them, who asked to remain nameless, sent me the following hilarious response when I started comparing my talent and slow progress to other writer friends. (Names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

Here’s hoping you have such wonderful cheerleaders in your writing life!

You must not compare yourself to anyone else… seriously. What if Jill snorts coke? Would you snort coke? HA! couldn’t help dish out the old motherly, “If your friend jumped off a cliff….” bit. Ehem. Sorry.

You write amazingly, just because you don’t crank it out as fast as someone else means nothing… takes nothing from your work either. You must know that.

Or do I have to come over there and beat you like a piñata?

Just keep going, do not stop, don’t stew about it… creative things take time… okay here goes my Zen wisdom.

You know flower buds, if you pick one and open it up, is there a flower in there? No, there isn’t! You just have to be patient and wait for it to unfold.

Now grasshopper, you will find the spark to light your creative path…. ooommmmm…..

10 thoughts on “Cheerleaders needed!”

  1. Hi, Linda, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I “found” you, I think, through someone else’s recommendation – hmmm…I don’t recall at the moment. Also a writer, I read about writing when I’m not doing it myself. So I was glad to see your blog.


  2. Hey, Linda, do you want to snort some coke? Oh my gosh, did I just write that? I was totally kidding for those of you who don’t know me (a constant state for me). But I know exactly what you mean. I am always in need of cheerleaders and it’s nice to have them. Sometimes, I’ll call Candi and I’ll say, “Candi, I’m writing a make believe story. What am I doing? This is soooo ridiculous. I feel like a kid. And my writing is crap.” And then she’ll have to talk me out of my self deprecating behavior. So, I think we all go through self doubt. But your writing is beautiful and I love it and if you stopped writing now I would be so angry because I’m kind of right in the middle of your story here and you can’t leave me hanging.


    1. Ah, Kasie, now you have me wondering … is that your secret to cranking out novel after novel in record time? Nah! You’re just naturally hyper. 🙂


  3. Linda, Thank you for being my cheerleader! I am sure I speak for others when I say that your honest and thoughtful posts give voice to what we all are thinking and wrestling with and delighting in as writers. In reading through your “my book” page, I found that I see a little bit of all three characters in my life (and, no, I don’t have multiple-personality disorder–your characters just personify life struggles poignantly). I am eager to read more. Get ready for a long quote, but one worth hearing: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to kee p the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself and your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. …There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” These are words offered from the dancer Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille, when Agnes confided, “I was bewildered and worried that my entire scale of values was untrustworthy…I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be.” How wonderful that we are here to fan the flame for each other.


  4. I belong in the take-forever-to-pen-out-a-book club. The difference between us is you will have a completed novel when you write The End. You don’t go to bed with a bad sentence to your name, whereas I will pen out 100k senseless words in one year then spend many more arranging them in a readable manner.

    It was either you or Candi that said something like this once, “I have to edit as I write, I’m afraid if I die in my sleep, everyone will see my bad writing.”

    That is so funny that I’ll never forget it. But it made me worried, what if I die in my sleep???


  5. Yes, we definitely all need cheerleaders. I think as writers we all compare ourselves to each other and have a tendency to feel like we have to fit a certain mold to find success. I could definitely spend my time fretting about the fact that my writing will never be as polished as yours (oh wait I have spent time fretting about that 😉 But in the end we all have our strengths and our own style and way of doing things.


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