I am trying to persevere, but I feel extraordinarily discouraged and overwhelmed on a daily basis. There is so much work to do on this project and not only am I not progressing quickly enough, I also just can’t see how I will ever be able to. Having these kinds of thoughts just reinforces that outcome, but I can’t seem to get out from under them. This detail of a painting from one of my chapters pretty much sums up the feeling.

6 Responses to “Discouraged”
  1. Keri Peardon says:

    I have no idea what your project is, but maybe Neil Gaiman will make you feel better.

    I won’t promise that he’ll solve your particular problem, but after listening to this speech, I feel like I could conquer the world while riding a bull moose. I may not know how to do it (or where to get a moose in Tennessee), but, by God, I’m at least inspired to attempt it. And maybe that’s what you need more than anything right now.

  2. Ella says:

    Not to discount your sense of discouragement, but honestly, the paragraph above perfectly describes what it feels like to write a book, according to everyone I know who’s ever done it, including me. It sucks. Every day of writing is hard. The project feels massive and unmanageable. Things take longer than you expect. The manuscript looms over you, affecting every moment. But you just have to *keep going*, working on it bit by bit, every day, and it will happen. You are smart and talented and can do it. It is not easy. It is not fun. But one day in the not-distant future, you’ll look at those files on your computer and realize, “Holy shit, I wrote a book.”

  3. fuckthissigninbullshit says:

    Sweet P, Sorry you are feeling so discouraged! I’ve never written much precisely because it seems so impossible. But I have to believe E is right – about the hardness – and I know she’s right about the smartness! Hang in there. We are SO excited to see you soon. Hoping we won’t get in your way too much! Love G

    • piagone says:

      Your username alone makes me feel better–super excited to see you guys too! Not in my way at all, that’s how I get a vacation in Paris 🙂

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