Ever wake up in the middle of the night and think, holly crap what am I doing? This manuscript is garbage! I just wasted six months of my life!?
I do. Often. However, apparently that is okay. No, it is better than okay. According to Lainey Lui, “insecurity is the lifeblood of the writer”. In Sara Selecky’s March 2012 Walrus article on Canada’s Gossip maven, Lainey goes on to explain that “writing is only good when the writer is at his most vulnerable, especially when that vulnerability means exposing the parts of himself that make him uncomfortable.”
So yes, self, panic away. And while you’re at it, make sure you share a little of that sweet stuff with your characters.