Monday, June 7, 2010


I think I've come down with Isuckitis. What? You've never heard of it? Well, it's a nasty ailment that usually strikes most writers at some point during their careers . It can come at any time: during the first draft, during revisions, or when your crit partners are reading your chapters. And occasionally it has been known to flare up before a writer even types one word of a new project, causing said writer to abandon it in favor of seeking an alternative use of his/her time (Twitter, blog hopping, facebook - you get the picture).

So what are the symptoms?

* Thinking everything you write is complete crap even though yesterday it seemed brilliant.

* Staring endlessly at your monitor, watching that little cursor as it mocks you for not typing anything. You almost can hear it- YOU *blink* SUCK *blink* YOU *blink* SUCK

* Hating your work so much that you abandon it for weeks, telling yourself that you "need a little break."

* The inability to open your Word document.

* Have I mentioned that you think your work sucks to the millionth degree?

So.........does any of this sound familiar? Have you been struck with Isuckitis recently? If you have, please tell me how you got over it.


  1. I know that bug well. This time, I went to walk along the ocean tidepools and that worked wonders for kicking out the loser-monster.

  2. I hope you snap out of it soon.

    It happens to all writers. In Bird by Bird she said to just keep writing. I think that's what I do too.

  3. Remember Dory in Finding Nemo? "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming swimming swimming..."
    Strike "swimming". Insert "writing".
    You don't suck!!!!
    Keep at it! ;)

  4. I feel like that at least once a day!

  5. I don't think we ever get over it. We just live with the disease and learn to control it. Think about this way -- every time you write something awesome you kick isuckitis in the are.

  6. Stupid iPad. I meant arse.

    (I don't really mean that. iLove my iPad.)

  7. Oh honey, this is such a horrible bug. Blah! Poo on that bug! I get it all the time. But I hope you find a way to get rid of it soon!! The best thing to do sometimes is to take a break and return to it with fresh eyes, I think.

  8. Hmm... definitely had this last week. Suggestions? Here's what I did:

    1. Took a long walk and enjoyed the view.
    2. Listened to Defying Gravity (Wicked soundtrack)and sang my heart out.
    3. Then listened to Imma Be (Black Eyed Pea) and danced until the room was spinning.
    4. Baked cookies. Then ate them.
    5. Somehow ended up with a very poorly written book in my hands and thought "Huh... if this can get published..."
    6. Read over a few pages in my WIP I hadn't read in a while and thought... "Wait, this isn't so bad."
    7. Started feeling much better and got back to work.

    (Side note... no joke, but my word verification today is "quiting". I'm not joking. I know it's spelled wrong... but I think it's trying to tell me something. *Goes back to step 1 and starts again*)

    Hang in there Melissa! :D

  9. Tricia - We're going to the beach next month! Maybe that'll help some:)

    Theresa - I really need to get Bird by Bird. I've heard it's wonderful.

    Faith - Oh yes, I love Dory! And thanks:)

    Jade - I'm right there with ya!

    Matt - I really wish we didn't have to live with it - finding a cure would be so much better. And you've got an iPad? I'm jealous;)

    Carol - Thanks hun! But a big problem I've had is that I've alreay been on a break, I need to get working again.

    Valerie - Thank you so much for the suggestions! I like #5, now I just have to find one of those books. And that word verification is too weird!

  10. I find I'm susceptible to this ailment after reading particularly good book by another writer. In that way, writing can take the joy out of reading!

  11. I JUST got over a case of that. It still lingers in my system, flaring up from time to time. Unfortunately the cure was finals. Once finals week hit, and I had/have (since it's still happening) to spend all my time studying, all of a sudden my writing looks fantastic compared to all these notes and textbooks.

  12. I totally get Isuckitis. Usually, symptoms start before I write anything, and I psyche myself out, close my document and walk away with my tail between my legs.

    At least you're writing!!

    p.s. Missed you on my mini hiatus!

  13. Oh, yeah. Just went through a bout of it myself... took 50 mg of idon'tsuck and 30mg of itwillbeokay & 10mg of everyonehasbaddays and now I feel better. I'll send some to you ;o)

    Whatever you don't like, change it to something you do ;o) That's what I'm doing. If I'm bored, they will be. Good luck. We're all in the same boat, remember that ;o)

  14. Oh, all the time! Those pangs of doubt that hit you right on the gut just as you're typing a sentence... dreadful!

  15. Elle - Yes! I know EXACTLY what you mean.

    Alexandra - It's good that you found something to cure you, even if it was the dreaded finals:)

    Amber - Oh, I've closed the document, too. And I've missed you too!

    Erica - Ooh, thank you for sending those! I definitely need them;)

    Talli - Yes, we're not alone!

  16. Crap - I think you gave it to me Melissa, because I'm currently feeling several of these symptoms... I think I'm in trouble!

  17. Jen - Oh no! I forgot to mention that it's contagious!