Do you ever have story doubt? It’s that moment when, partway through a draft, a voice of doubt starts whispering in your ear. It says this story isn’t strong enough, good enough, deep enough, engaging enough…and so on. I reached that stage with my WIP this week. I’m about a third of the way through the second draft, and that voice popped up. “You should be working on something else,” it whispered.

I know enough now that I can keep going. That voice is, for whatever reason, simply part of the process. There’s nothing wrong with my story that can’t be fixed. And while I do have other WIPs, they’ll just have to wait their turns.

Lastly, this week’s ROW80 check-in…

Writing: Wrote 4,552 words in the second draft of “A Prince in Patience Point.”

Reading: Finished reading “Beautiful Demons” by Sarra Cannon. Started reading “Eldest” by Christopher Paolini.

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What about you? Does story doubt ever happen to you partway through a draft? What does your voice of doubt whisper? How do you respond?

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