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Kick me now!

I get back good, solid, constructive criticism on my writing and I have that sick weirdness in my tummy and feel all cranky and moody about it, yet I know the comments were good and viable and I will use them in the second drafting, but still, after all that, I still feel all fluttery, cranky, and generally crushed (that "God, I suck" feeling). Do any writers ever get over that feeling?

I'm wondering if my general malaise and laziness has to do with the increasing heat or the fact that Ellen has been so darned boring lately. Mostly pretty people and teenybopper idols who just don't interest me at all have been her guests and I find myself roaming away from the TV after the monologue rather than sticking out a full hour-long workout.

This morning I read a staggeringly good review of Revenge of the Sith, which made my geeky heart skip a beat; moreso because it was written by an actual fan of the series (the original). I may actually have to break down and SEE this one, although said reviewer admitted that Lucas still tends to ignore some important points of moviemaking: writing and acting.

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fenchurche
May. 18th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
All of my friends who have already seen it at various advance screenings (and there are, surprisingly, quite a few of them... around a dozen) have all just raved about how wonderful it is. I'm trying not to let this get my expectations too high. :-) But most of these people are ones who are quite honest about what they haven't liked in the last two movies, so I don't think it's all been idle praise.

We'll all know day after tomorrow, though!

Now if I could just find someplace that's actually selling Episode 3 t-shirts for adults. So far, they've all been for children... you know, the ones that George Lucas, himself, has said probably shouldn't see the movie. Sheesh.

(typed while sitting in my car in the parking lot of a Flying J truck stop just outside Brigham City, UT -- I love modern technology)
wildrider
May. 18th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
We really need to get a laptop (or two). :)

I figured you'd keep everyone informed! That's when I'll decide to either see it in the theatre or wait for the DVD (it's true, we still haven't seen "Clones").
rahirah
May. 18th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
Do any writers ever get over that feeling?

No.

(Well, some of them do, but they turn into Ann Rice and are insane.)
wildrider
May. 18th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
Well, that's a comfort, anyway.
typographer
May. 18th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
What Barb said.

Plus, hon, even when all you find wrong with a slab of my Buffy fic is punctuation and grammer, I get that "Who am I kidding? I totally suck!" feeling as I read through the e-mail.

"I should be better than that! My writing should be bright and shining and so moving that no one even notices typos!"

It's completely irrational.

And completely normal and healthy. The more rigorous edits leave me with a churning tummy and the feeling "Oh, god! They're right! That's a fundamental flaw! WHY DIDN'T I REALIZE THAT?!?! It's sh*t. All I write is sh*t... well, not all, because they said they liked that bit, and it was sorta okay, I guess, but..."
wildrider
May. 19th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
That is EXACTLY how I felt. Churning tummy, "I totally suck," and then the brief flash of "What do they know? I'm BRILLIANT and my work is GREAT!" before reality sets in. :) It's nice to know that it is pretty normal and others suffer the same insane symptoms.
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