Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. The Doubt Monster (TDM). The evil creature that never completely goes away and loves to whisper all of your fears about your writing to you. I won't bore you with the things it usually tells me (cause I'm sure it has visited you before).
I was doing fine for a while. TDM seemed to have taken a leave of absence from my house. I was making progress with my neverending WIP. Then last week, it came back. Slimy little sucker showed up one night when I was happily typing away and stopped me cold in my tracks. And all of the old fears came flooding back.
It's not like I've had a really bad crit, either. My cp's are wonderful ladies and they always point out things that I could do differently or things that I need to work on, but I've never received one of those what were you thinking crits. But honestly, I keep expecting to get one every single time I post a new chapter for them to critique. Every time one of them posts their review of my work, my stomach does this sickening flip as I open it. Seriously. Then I let out a huge sigh of relief when I get to then end and find out that they don't think I should burn my ms.
So how do you fight TDM? How do you get past those thoughts that hold you back?