Beware the Muse Killer!

Good thoughts from YA Author Debra Dockter – who, by the way, has a BOOK GIVE AWAY on Goodreads (yes, I know, I hate Goodreads, but here’s the link anyway: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/128151-deadly-design – but WHY do I have to GOOGLE the freaking thing? Why can’t I just do a proper search from inside Goodreads? Yet another . . . I digress. Enjoy!).

debra dockter

I don’t think writers need to be reminded of our frail egos. The validation of a personal response on a rejection letter, getting an honorable mention in a contest, having our writing group say more positive than negative things are like life support to the tiny muse who so often goes Code Blue on our shoulders.

We know writing is hard. We know that rejection is part of the process. We know that if we think we just wrote the most brilliant scene since Katniss handed Peeta the berries, that tomorrow we might read the same scene and think it could fertilize Iowa. The thing is, no matter how many down moments we have, no many how much self-doubt and how many times we have to perform CPR on that poor little muse, we don’t stop writing. We keep believing in ourselves. And thank goodness we do!

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