Thursday, July 1, 2010

Quote of the day

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence." --Helen Keller.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being extremely confident, how would you rate your confidence as it pertains to  your writing? Share the rating and explain your choice. If the number is low, what would make it higher? Can't wait to read what you have to say.


  1. Mine is only 2-3. If I could produce more that didn't need so much revision and quicker, I might feel more confident. I also see so many good writers out there and compare myself to them. I'm never sure I'm good enough.

  2. Nat, I think you're being too hard on yourself. Writing is difficult. Sometimes, the words just flow onto the page and sometimes we have to pull them out. All writing needs revision. I always tell my writers that you sew the dress and then go back and add a pearl here, one there. Some lace here, lace there. You turn that plain dress into a beautiful one. Writing is like that, I think. You get the basics down and then you go back to make it sparkle. For me, I'd be more confident if I didn't get so many rejections. That's the tough part. Believing in yourself and not finding that agent who believes in you, too. Or a least enough to work with you to make the dress sparkle. Crap, I'd be willing to rip the seams apart and start over if I had to. Anyway, keep the faith and here's a quote to remember:

    "Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen." --Phillip Adams

  3. I laughed when I read this. My confidence depends on the day. One day I'm a blooming 10, then next I'm a cowering 3. Isn't that just the way of it?