“This idea is absolutely brilliant and unique! No one is as clever as I!”
2.) Robust enthusiasm:
“I love thinking and talking and writing about this brilliant story! Why look, just tonight I wrote four thousand words in one sitting and it was amazing!”
“I was just at Barnes and Noble and there was a book on the shelf just like mine. I is no longer unique snowflake. And writing a book is really hard.”
My plot isn’t unique and I suck as a writer. What’s the point?”
“Well, my mom thinks it’s a good story and she said that there aren’t any more new plots and it’s okay because my book will still be different because it’s written by me. I guess I’ll keep at it.”
“I hate this story. I hate these characters. I just had this brilliant idea for another story and I’m stuck writing this piece of crap because of some lame commitment I made. And it wasn’t really a commitment because it wasn’t to anyone else or for anything that matters. No one is going to care that I stopped writing this godforsaken story! And I suck as a writer.”
“Writing is a marathon, not a race. Writing is like climbing a mountain one word at a time. What does that even mean?!? I hate these stupid writing mantras. If I can just get through this thorny part of the plot! *$#!!ammit!”
“Wow. I finally made it past the middle of the book. The rest of the book will be exciting to write. I just might be able to do this!”
I’m a third of the way! I can see the end from here! I’ll be done in a few weeks!
It’s done! I did it! But, now I have to read the novel line by line, warts and all and revise it until it’s smooth and shiny. Wonder if it sucks? Wonder if I hate it and it has some fundamental flaw that can’t be fixed. *Sigh*
Well, there was that brilliant idea I had a month ago that I put away until I finished this novel. Hmm, I wonder….