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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Eve Gaddy: Yes, No, Maybe. No Way!

I was talking about writing to my daughter Diana (a non-writer) the other day. I commented that it was funny to me that one day I'll be writing something thinking the entire time, "This is crap. This is awful. Why did I ever think I could write? This is the most boring thing ever written in the history of the world." Nevertheless, I keep at it, then shut down the computer--or more likely, the program--without looking at it again.

The next day I force myself to read over it and I think, "This is pretty good. Not bad at all. Wonder why I thought the same piece of writing was so bad yesterday?"

It also can happen that I'm writing what I'm sure is a masterpiece, sniffling or laughing or just pleased that the words are flowing like magic from my fingers. The next day I might think the same piece of writing is merely decent. (If I thought it was great the first time I usually don't hate it the next day, but I don't always see the brilliance.:)



My question is, why do I do that? What changes overnight? It's not the writing. I fairly certain a gremlin doesn't come in there and change crap to magic. Although that's an intriguing idea for a book. Hmm.

Where was I? Oh, yes, what changes? Attitude? Mood? I suspect that has a lot to do with it. Or is it just the complexities of the writer mind?

It's not just writers. I don't know about men, but I know for a fact women do this about clothes. You put on jeans and a new top. "I look good. Yeah, this shirt is flattering. I feel great." Then the next day, you put on the same outfit and think, "Ugh. Hide the mirror. Why did I buy this thing? What in the world possessed me to think this looked good?"


Attitude? Mood? Beats the heck out of me. In the words of Shakespeare in Love, "It's a mystery."

Have you had this happen to you? What do you think is the answer? 
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4 comments:

Marissa Yip-Young said...

Yeah we are our worst critics as we put too much pressure on ourselves.
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dstoutholcomb said...

We live in a world where women are judged differently than men, so we react in the way we are judged--full of emotion and passion.

justinedaredavis said...

Oh, timing, given I just had to clean up a book written 20 years ago. I was appalled at some of the stuff. But at least I can say I've learned so much since!!

Eve Gaddy said...

Thanks for commenting. Justine, sometimes older stuff is pretty cringe-inducing.:)