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  1. Jenna Hatfield
    January 5, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Yes. Man. Holy cow do I relate.

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  2. Jenna Hatfield
    January 5, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    Yes. Man. Holy cow do I relate.

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  3. Carrie
    January 5, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! Yes, congrats!!! Your achievement of not one, not two, but THREE completed rough drafts is amazing!! See, I have dozens of characters & plots that reside in my head. I even have dozens of wips. All around 5000 words in. Tried Nano. I can’t seem to write past the beginning…

    So, where you see a loss of self-worth, I see an amazing accomplishment and are envious of your perseverance and dedication to a goal you’ve set for yourself.

    Now I’ll put on my teacher hat. Don’t allow all of that hard work you’ve done sit in a drawer somewhere to never see the light of day until you’d descendants find it hundreds of years from now and you become an overnight success. Polish that manuscript. Put elbow grease into it and make it shine for everyone to see.

    There’s a well-known quote about shooting for the moon & even if you miss you’ll land among the stars…well, we could always use another star to brighten up our darkest nights.

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  4. Carrie
    January 5, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! Yes, congrats!!! Your achievement of not one, not two, but THREE completed rough drafts is amazing!! See, I have dozens of characters & plots that reside in my head. I even have dozens of wips. All around 5000 words in. Tried Nano. I can’t seem to write past the beginning…
    So, where you see a loss of self-worth, I see an amazing accomplishment and are envious of your perseverance and dedication to a goal you’ve set for yourself.
    Now I’ll put on my teacher hat. Don’t allow all of that hard work you’ve done sit in a drawer somewhere to never see the light of day until you’d descendants find it hundreds of years from now and you become an overnight success. Polish that manuscript. Put elbow grease into it and make it shine for everyone to see.
    There’s a well-known quote about shooting for the moon & even if you miss you’ll land among the stars…well, we could always use another star to brighten up our darkest nights.

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  5. Deb
    January 5, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Oh, honey, you are waaaay too hard on yourself. I can relate to the feeling of anxiety when I don’t write. The longer I don’t write, the harder it becomes to write! But look, you don’t have to write every day to be a writer. You are a writer if you write. Period! And anyway, you just wrote an entire post up there — look at it! That’s writing, too.

    Anyway, take a deep breath and know that your creative spirit will never let you down, even if you get in its way.

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    • Cheney
      January 6, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

      Thanks, Deb. I know I’m too hard on myself, I’m working on that sort of radical acceptance I need to have in knowing that if I do my best, that’s the best I can do.

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  6. Deb
    January 5, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    Oh, honey, you are waaaay too hard on yourself. I can relate to the feeling of anxiety when I don’t write. The longer I don’t write, the harder it becomes to write! But look, you don’t have to write every day to be a writer. You are a writer if you write. Period! And anyway, you just wrote an entire post up there — look at it! That’s writing, too.
    Anyway, take a deep breath and know that your creative spirit will never let you down, even if you get in its way.

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    • Cheney
      January 6, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

      Thanks, Deb. I know I’m too hard on myself, I’m working on that sort of radical acceptance I need to have in knowing that if I do my best, that’s the best I can do.

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  7. JJ Ellis
    January 5, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    I totally relate to you! I have had all of this happen to me too before. One day I just had to bust out of it and I started my blog and a plan for a non fiction book. I guess I should say I busted out of a small part of it because I still haven’t worked on my fiction in a long time. I haven’t pondered the reasons too much but now I am ready to start thinking again. I know I have some soul searching to do and thanks to this blog post I think I am ready to do that. Thank you so much for sharing your journey! I wish you the best.

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    • Cheney
      January 6, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

      Wow, thanks! I am definitely finding that the best way to start doing things lately is to JUST START, and things sort of just roll along.

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  8. JJ Ellis
    January 5, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    I totally relate to you! I have had all of this happen to me too before. One day I just had to bust out of it and I started my blog and a plan for a non fiction book. I guess I should say I busted out of a small part of it because I still haven’t worked on my fiction in a long time. I haven’t pondered the reasons too much but now I am ready to start thinking again. I know I have some soul searching to do and thanks to this blog post I think I am ready to do that. Thank you so much for sharing your journey! I wish you the best.

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    • Cheney
      January 6, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

      Wow, thanks! I am definitely finding that the best way to start doing things lately is to JUST START, and things sort of just roll along.

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  9. Fran
    January 5, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Wow you have completed rough draughts of three books that is amazing, and I hope one day you complete them and they find there way onto the bookshelf of the store. I can relate I often have that feeling of not being good enough or that my work is not good enough. I love the quote about the box of darkness being a gift, it is just hard undergoing the process of the experience, and the time it takes to recognise what gift it is. Be kind to yourself and I hope you keep writing and finish those books of yours.

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    • Cheney
      January 6, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

      Thank you Fran for the thoughtful comment. I remind myself daily that I’ve already accomplished so much but my dreams are still much bigger than what I’ve already got behind me.

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  10. Fran
    January 6, 2013 @ 3:47 am

    Wow you have completed rough draughts of three books that is amazing, and I hope one day you complete them and they find there way onto the bookshelf of the store. I can relate I often have that feeling of not being good enough or that my work is not good enough. I love the quote about the box of darkness being a gift, it is just hard undergoing the process of the experience, and the time it takes to recognise what gift it is. Be kind to yourself and I hope you keep writing and finish those books of yours.

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    • Cheney
      January 6, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

      Thank you Fran for the thoughtful comment. I remind myself daily that I’ve already accomplished so much but my dreams are still much bigger than what I’ve already got behind me.

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  11. Lisa Nolan
    January 11, 2013 @ 1:53 am

    I’ve been writing off and on since the 1990s when I was in college, a few plays, some unfinished novels, children’s stories, I guess I’ve tried a little bit of everything! And, no, I don’t, can’t write every day. But I’m older and wiser and I accept it now. Depression? Hell yes, rage? Yep, drinking a few glasses of wine every afternoon? Yep, been there too! Now I have a ton of sh*t to write about! Writing is a muscle that needs to be exercised every day. Writing in a blog, an email, a blogging journal, word clouds or clusters, a letter to… yourself. Try different methods so the muscles don’t get too flabby, and when they do, it’s OK. It really is OK.

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  12. Lisa Nolan
    January 11, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    I’ve been writing off and on since the 1990s when I was in college, a few plays, some unfinished novels, children’s stories, I guess I’ve tried a little bit of everything! And, no, I don’t, can’t write every day. But I’m older and wiser and I accept it now. Depression? Hell yes, rage? Yep, drinking a few glasses of wine every afternoon? Yep, been there too! Now I have a ton of sh*t to write about! Writing is a muscle that needs to be exercised every day. Writing in a blog, an email, a blogging journal, word clouds or clusters, a letter to… yourself. Try different methods so the muscles don’t get too flabby, and when they do, it’s OK. It really is OK.

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    January 16, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

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    January 17, 2013 @ 4:36 am

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