I was scrolling through Twitter today and nodding along with all the sage advice from writers and agents, as you do, when I came across this quote:
At first I was like, Okay, yeah, totally. Because, of course, I doubt my abilities a lot, as my very patient (some might say saint-like) friends and family can tell you. But then I was like, wait a minute. If only bad writers think they’re good, then how do we get good books? If good writers think they’re bad, then why would they bother trying to become published?
Of course, there is always room for improvement. I get that, to a point, you have to be able to look at your work and think, yes, this needs some work. But if you look at it and think it’s complete rubbish, with no redeeming qualities, then why on earth even bother?
Being willing to make changes is important in writing, but so is confidence. Confidence that you have a gift for writing, that that talent can be and is translated in your work. What agent is going to look twice if they receive a query that reads, “I hope you enjoy my book. It’s not that great, but I thought I’d give it a go and send it out anyway?” When you’re sending out a project, you have to be passionate about it, and to be passionate about something, you have to have belief in its fabulosity. You have to know that it is good. I have gotten several rejections that say the agent simply cannot be passionate about my project, and that passion is so important. Have you ever been passionate about something you didn’t believe was good?
I know my writing isn’t perfect. I know there is room for improvement. But I also know that my writing is good. In some cases, really good. And that’s not bad.
Or maybe, as the quote says, I am just a bad writer 😉