The Fragile Ego Of a Writer

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Yesterday I started the agonizing process of editing Chapter 2 of my NaNoWriMo novel, and it was absolute torture. Chapter 1 wasn’t too bad. I mean it needed some work, but the story and ideas were pretty solid. Chapter 2 was another story. In fact, it was so bad I thought to myself, you aren’t a real writer, and for a few moments felt like just giving up. Then I took a deep breath and went to work.

Now I may not be a real writer, but I’m at least going to give it a try. I’m not ready to give it up yet and I’m happy to say once I calmed myself down and told myself it was SUPPOSED to be a rough draft, things started to look a little better.

This illustrates one major problem with my writing: I absolutely LOATHE reading anything I have written. I know, this is horrible. It causes me to submit stories to contests and post them here before they are quite ready for prime time. I have been trying to work on this, and joining the writing group helps as well. That way, other people read my stuff too, which should help me improve while also letting me know I’m not horrible.

Any of you writers have the same problems?