It's been one of those writing weeks when writing doubts pop into my (usually) happy writing brain. A big monster taking over where my writing should be. The writing doubt is this: I have no idea what I'm doing. Which leads to this: Therefore, my writing stinks.
The "I have no idea what I'm doing" is pretty true. I don't have an MFA. I took exactly one creative writing class in college (required for my major in English Ed). I haven't been to any writing conferences (money is an issue). And -- here's the biggie -- I don't read books on the writing craft.
WHAT? Is that even allowed? Someone who writes but doesn't read books about writing? I know I should read them. I want to want to read them. I'm sure I'll get there one day. . . .
What I'm interested in reading is books. To my credit (if I have any left) I do read blogs on the craft of writing. Just not books on it. What I do read is middle grade books. All the time. I read them aloud to my kids. I read different ones to myself. I read and I read and I read. Paying some attention to writing style or technique of the authors whose books I'm reading. But mostly I read for the story. Because I love -- I LOVE -- a story.
And then, motivated by the stories I have read, I write.
Because I also love sharing a story.
I don't know if my writing will ever be good enough to be published, but I write anyway. And maybe my writing really does stink. But that's not my point. My point is: How do you deal with your writing doubts? When the doubt monster creeps in, how do you creep him out? Or at the very least -- how do you get him to stop eating your cookies?