Thursday, January 26, 2012

Inspiration and Fighting Self-Doubt

Missy, here. Angie shared some amazing photos yesterday. Didn't you find yourself smiling as you looked at the one of her son and grand-baby? :)

It got me thinking about inspiration. And I thought I'd ask y'all and see what inspires you as you're on the last leg of a journey. And by journey, I'm talking more about finishing up a project. But I guess you could take me literally and think of a trip. :)

How do you push through on the last days of finishing a manuscript or a proposal, when you're making the final changes and read-through?

Are you like me, fretting that it's not good enough? Fretting that it'll be rejected? Or are you too excited just to think about getting the thing out the door? :) (If you're not a writer, then I'm sure you have projects at work or at home that come down to those finishing touches.)

How do you handle reaching the end of something?

I also thought I'd share a verse with you today. One that's helped me push through the fear and self-doubt.

Isaiah 40:30-31

New International Version (NIV)

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.


  1. Missy, I think I struggle with self-doubt. Forever revising. I'm not on a deadline, but it seems I can't finish projects, worrying it won't be good enough, that it will be rejected. I'll remember this scripture as I try to finish my latest story.

  2. You can do this, Christy! You can finish.

    I think part of my problem is that I'm a perfectionist. I took an online quiz the other day. If you answered yes to 3 or more of the 7 questions, you're a perfectionist. I answered yes to 6 of them! It's something I have to battle.

  3. Saw your book at Walmart today....but gonna wait and buy it if I (hopefully) make it to your signing Feb. 5!!

    Love that scripture!!

  4. Jackie, I hope you can make it! I get really nervous at signings, so be sure to let me know it's you! :) At a signing last year, I forgot the name of a woman from my very own Sunday school class! that's how bad I get. LOL I felt awful.

  5. LOL, Missy, I'm relieved to hear that I'm not the only one who gets forgetful...I tried to cover it up by asking how she spelled her name. Answer: "Uh, H-O-P-E" Boy, did I feel silly!

  6. LOL, Sandra. Yeah, that's the problem with that trick. :)

  7. Good luck at your book signing Missy! :)

  8. Missy,
    That verse is one of my all-time favorites! One version is translated to say "But they that HOPE in the Lord.." and I read on a church sign years ago that HOPE was Heart of Peace [and] Expectation. But they that have a heart of peace and expectation in the Lord;;;

  9. Well, I love writing The End--even though it's truly not the end but the beginning of a lot of revision work. :)

    I guess my tagline is an inspiration to me as well. Haven't even thought about it like that.

    I like your verse.

  10. I love that the picture of my son and grandson made you smile too. I think it's more rare these days to see a father engaged with their children. That inspires me. It represents God's love for us.

    I'm fighting for the end of my book now. I think there's a point when I know I've cut, edited, and cleaned up the sentences and I know they are as good as they're going to get. I ask beta readers to use a highlighter when they find an error, a question that doesn't make sense to them, or a spot they pop out of the story. Then I can check those spots. When that's done, I'm done. But even more important is a sense of satisfaction like after an amazing meal. I know when I'm full and can't eat another bite. That's the way it is with The End for me.