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.

10 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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  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!!

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  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.

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  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!

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

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

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  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;;;

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  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.

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  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.
    Angie

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