the good, the bad, and the ugly about the writing life

Get Over Yourself and Write

Here’s a little TOUGH LOVE from Michael. So get your butt in the chair, Fictioneers!



There are a million reasons not to write. I’m a writer and I suffer the same woes, so I sympathize. But let’s get serious with ourselves for just a moment. We also tend to go sympathizing too much sometimes. Let’s give all the sympathy a rest, shall we?

Here are a few of the most common writerly worries. Instead of massaging wittow huwt egwos and makin’ it aw bettow I’m going to get tough and tell some of you to get going already! Tough love responses to writer’s worries. Got it? Here goes.

1. I’m not good enough. I’m a phony. I’m not as good as people think I am.

Finally, the truth comes out. Here it comes sweetheart…You are not Raymond Carver. Hemingway would break his pencil over your head as part of a freak tuna fishing accident on his boat in the Mediterranean, and Virginia Woolf would politely…

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