Since I've started writing, I've gone through many ups and downs. Nothing can beat the incredible high of writing the "perfect" sentence/paragraph/chapter. You want to sing, dance, shout or do whatever it is that you do when you're happy. You know, the kind of things that usually embarrass anyone who's within ten feet of you . Then there's the flip side of the coin - the stark realization that everything you write is utter crap. You open your word document, expecting to look over the brilliant prose you created yesterday, and instead sit and stare in open-mouthed astonishment at the junk that has somehow appeared and you think WTF??!!!
This journey we call writing is like a huge roller coaster - you're up in the clouds one minute, down on the ground the next. It's enough to make your insides all tingly in anticipation of the good things you're going to write, then turned upside down and in knots when you come crashing down in a fit of the I-suck-and-I'm-never-gonna-write-anything-good-and-people-will-laugh-at-me-when-they-read-this. Makes you scream and hide, doesn't it?
So what do you do? Keep going? Quit?
NO! Don't quit! Don't even think about it! I don't know about you, but writing is my dream. It's what I have wanted to do since I was little. Sure, it seems like there's more days than not when I think my writing sucks to no end, but I am getting better. And you are, too. Whether you know it or not, each day that you write you learn something new. You learn from your mistakes, learn things that will make you a better writer.
And think of all the people who believe in you - your support system. Keep those people close to you because they are your cheerleaders, the ones who will support you when you're at your lowest. For me, that includes my husband (even though he doesn't "get" the whole writing thing, he understands this is what makes me happy), my girls (they always say things like "Mom, when you get published you can...."), and my bloggy friends. When I read your blogs or chat with some of you on Twitter, I really and truly feel like I'm part of the writing community. Thanks for making me feel so welcome and know that I really value all of you.
So, who is a part of your writing support system? Who do you lean on when you feel like your writing is "unreadable."