Well we made it!!
It's Wednesday, May 2nd which means the A-Z Challenge has ended and it's time again for the Insecure Writer's Support Group started by Alex Cavanaugh. It's a place where we can share our fears, our hopes and our dreams. Come join us!
After finishing the Challenge I feel great! Some days were difficult, but I managed to come up with something every day. Now it's time to tackle the rest of my WIP. As of yesterday I have 29,102 words! I'm thrilled, but as I sit at the computer, insecure thoughts flash through my head. Maybe I should change the POV. Is the story unique? Am I taking my MC in the right direction? How am I ever going to bring everything together?
I try to suppress these nasty little thoughts, but they continue to pop into my head. I think it's the insecurity of having complete freedom to take my story in any direction I can dream up. Am I really capable of choosing correctly?
A researcher in Stanford University's psychology department did a study a few years ago on how too many choices can affect the brain. She discovered there are an optimal number of choices, which allow us to choose comfortably. But when given a number over that amount, our brains become unsure and our ability to choose is diminished. Check out this article to read more about it.
My brain wants to hide when I think about all the possible directions I could take my story in and I only get 20 words written. So I've decided I'm sticking to my original plan and I'm eliminating all other possible paths, until it's finished. Then I will go back and decide if it needs to be changed, but at least I will have a complete manuscript.
How do you ignore or get rid of those nagging little questions that try to undermine your work?
Have a great day!!!