We have a word in my writing group called isuckitis. I think every writer experiences this. What is it? A condition. A sickness. A mood. It happens to a lot to writers. It means when you look at the computer screen or page and think to yourself, “Why am I writing? I’m no good. Everything that flows out of my fingers sucks. I suck. I should just quit. No, maybe I should start a new WIP. Maybe that will solve the problem.” So you do. And it sucks, too.
If you don’t suffer from Isuckitis, then great for you! Share some of your wisdom in the comments section, please.
If you do suffer from Isuckitis, then read on.
When It Strikes
You might not realize when you catch Isuckitis. It can come on slow like a cold or fast like the flu. It can last for hours, days, weeks, months, years. My specific case lasted for 5 years. Yes, FIVE years. My Muse packed her bags and ran away when she saw that I was infected. She came back when enough time went by for the disease to dwindle off.
Don’t let this happen to you. I didn’t write for five years. Imagine where I would be now if I had been writing all that time!
When Isuckitis strikes, take a step back from your work. Give it a few days and come back. Do you think it’s still horrible? That’s when it’s time to attack the disease with everything you’ve got.
How To Fight It
Don’t let this sucker win! You don’t suck, no matter what you think or write or say or feel. If you are reading this blog post, if you blog yourself, if you write on a regular basis, if you send out queries, if you have even felt ONCE in your writing career that you are good and that is why you keep writing, then keep writing!
That’s the key to whipping Isuckitis’s butt.
Keep showing up. Watch this 20 minute video if you are currently infected with Isuckitis. I promise it will help.
Writing groups are also helpful. When I started writing again, I still suffered from Isuckitis off and on. I didn’t have anybody to go to. Things looked much brighter when I joined an online critique group and made a lot of writer friends who help me understand that:
(1) I don’t have to write like anybody else out there. In fact it’s better if I don’t,
(2) If I stick with it long enough, and have enough passion, I will sell a book someday, and
(3) It’s normal to get down on yourself and your writing. When it happens, tell somebody. Get help! Don’t wallow in your misery.
If you don’t have anybody to go to, email me. I’m always up for a good Isuckitis chat.