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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Panic Attack

Maybe it's just a horrible by-product of the holiday season. Who knows. Who cares. The end result is all that matters. And my end result at this very moment is a depression that's rapidly approaching tears.

Does that make me sound like a goofball? Yeah. Probably.

Remember that chapter-by-chapter synopsis I was fighting with? Well, I finally sent it to two of my CPs for critiquing. Got the critiques back. And I've reached a conclusion based on those critiques.

I can't do this. I'm not wired properly for this stupid synopsis thing.

Hence, my depression.

I've sent out a post to all my CPs expressing the fact that since I can't do the synopsis thing, I've no hope of ever being published, so I'm just going to write, enjoy my writing, and quit stressing over the publication process.

I expect my mailbox will be filling with rah-rah, self-help, you-can-do-it posts.

The way I'm feeling right now, I'm not even sure that'll help.

I sure hope this is just because of the holidays.


  • You don't sound like a goofball. You sound like I felt when I got my syn back. Every time.

    I have moments of doubt. Everyday actually. But I want to be published so I push through it. I think it was Sasha's blog, maybe Sylvia's blog but Sasha posted it. Allow those moments of doubt and fear, but push past them. We can do this. Me and Renae aren't going to sit back and be published without you, so there! We're all in this together!

    By Blogger Teresa, at 6:32 PM  

  • Lynn - yes you can do this. Quit being so hard on yourself. Take one step at a time, even if you end up going two backwards. Take a deep breath and go. You can do it.

    By Blogger Kim, at 2:20 PM  

  • Thanks, Teresa and Kim, for the comments. I do know that what I'm going through, this self-doubt, is not uncommon. And I know it's something I need to push beyond. I might manage that. Evenutally.

    For now, I'll continue to write. I'm feeling a bit less Eeyore-ish right now. Could be because I haven't looked at that synopsis.

    But I appreciate both of your kind thoughts.

    By Blogger Lynn, at 2:49 PM  

  • Honey take heart. We have ALL cried over synopsis at some point. Okay not all, but I have. It took me three manuscripts to "get it" and I've never had to write a chapter-by-chapter one. Wait until after the holidays settle down and try again. Remember--they're about the big picture--I hope that helps hon!


    By Blogger Amie Stuart, at 8:19 AM  

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