Posted on May 4, 2012 - by Kav
I think we’ve covered every possible item we can put into our writer’s survival kit. Chocolate would be at the top of my
list every time, but Kim’s ladder is high on my priority list as well. And that brings me to what I want to talk about.
Why is that so hard to do? Why are we so hard on ourselves? So relentlessly unforgiving of our mistakes and short comings? I bet we are all kinder giving a critique to a friend then we are at critiquing our own work. And cheerleading on the sidelines of another’s victory seems much easier than mustering up the same enthusiasm for ourselves.
This believing stuff is hard work, especially when it comes to writing. At least it is for me. Hard to sustain. Harder still to apply in steady doses. I’m fickle when it comes to believing in myself. I have highs and then lows and lots of meandering in the middle ground. That’s why I need to remind myself every day. The words from Believe (from the movie Polar Express and sung by Josh Groban) might have a Christmas connotation to most, but this is my anthem song all year round. I especially love this stanza:
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly.
You have everything you need
If you just believe.
And because no day is really complete without a serenade from Josh Groban, here’s a link to Believe.
Listen and “believe in what your heart is saying.”