I recently posted a plea for help to the Women Writers, Women’s Books writing group on Facebook. I had completed the ground work for a new YA novel idea. After I’d put all the pieces together I realised that I really, really liked my idea. I liked the themes I was coming up with, I liked all the feels it evoked in me just from the bare bones planning I had done. Then, I became paralysed. My inner critic reared it’s grotesque head, black oil oozing from sphincters all over it’s massive, suffocating form, its overwhelming voice boomed through me, convincing me that I, me personally, could never do justice to this story.
The response from my group was exactly what I needed. There were the usual words of encouragement, the “I know how you feel,” camaraderie, but there were two awesome and completely different youtube videos offered up to me.
The first was the hilarious song Die Vampire Die from the musical [title of show], yes that’s actually what it’s called. This song had me in stitches and is going into my writing playlist. My playlist usually consists of 100% instrumental pieces that have never had lyrics associated with them, but I’m going to through this in the mix to be played at random intervals as a little “note to self” reminder.
The second clip was a TED talk (I do love my TED talks so I’m not sure how I missed this one). The talk is by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses.
Both of these clips are completely different but they had the combined effect of making me feel better about myself and my work and inspired to continue trying.