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November 22, 2010

Doubts by Ali Katz

Filed under: Writing life — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.” ~~Gustave Flaubert

Another crisis this week. Writing is excruciating. Does anyone else feel like this? Are we all masochists?

Irritated doesn’t even come close—try agonized, tortured, tormented, crucified. Well, crucified may be a little over the top.

I am a failure. I am a hack. I am a poseur.

Okay, that’s over. Back to work.

To all our American friends out there, have a great Thanksgiving.


  1. You’re a poseur? When you’d start modeling nude?

    Don’t you know the more you think your writing stinks, the better it is. Trust me, I’ve read your stuff.

    As to your question, yes, Judith and I feel like that all the time but it’s like a drug addiction we can’t overcome. Get the DTs if I don’t write anything.

    Comment by Jadette — November 22, 2010 @ 05:30 | Reply

  2. For once Jadette shows some sense. You are none of the above. Your talent amazes me, Ali. If you ever decided to quit, I would drop by your house and give you a good whack on the head. Works to keep Jadette in line, bound to work on you too! Love ya, hon!

    Comment by Judith — November 22, 2010 @ 05:32 | Reply

  3. You a hack? A poseur? I hardly think so! Overworked and under appreciated? Ain’t it the truth! Hang in there, this too shall pass.

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — November 22, 2010 @ 06:05 | Reply

  4. You have to get rid of this self-doubt!! You write amazing characters who experience such growth.
    Copy and print this review of His Brother’s Keeper. Seriously, the comments on your writing are spot on.

    Comment by Ellie Writes Too — November 22, 2010 @ 06:07 | Reply

  5. I can totally relate, Ali. There are days, sometimes weeks that I stare at that blinking cursor and wonder what the hell am I doing? I can’t do this. Everything I write sucks.

    Usually the only thing that can wrench me out of my funk is to post some of my work to the group. Read the comments from them and I know that at least part of what I’ve written is pretty damn good. So let us read what you’ve written so we can tell you how crazy you’re being 🙂

    Oh and I also have a compliment file. I *might* have saved every nice comment a crit partner/teacher/editor has ever said about me. What? That’s not strange is it? :-p

    Comment by Gillian Archer — November 22, 2010 @ 06:39 | Reply

  6. Ah, thanks you guys :), but you should see my nano. Wait, on second thought, no one will ever read my nano, not even me LOL.

    Gillian, the compliment file is a great idea!

    Comment by practicalkatz — November 22, 2010 @ 09:11 | Reply

    • You mean, you’re not going to post it so we can rip it apart? Dang, and I was soooo looking forward to that!!

      Comment by Judith Leger — November 22, 2010 @ 09:25 | Reply

  7. You can’t count what you write during NaNo until you have a chance to actually edit it. That doesn’t count at all, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself since mine is scary right now too. LOL

    Ali, you have an amazing gift with words don’t ever doubt that.

    Comment by Lauren Fraser — November 22, 2010 @ 12:21 | Reply

  8. Are you crazy, Ali? I love your writing.

    Comment by jerridrennen — November 22, 2010 @ 12:31 | Reply

  9. If the fan art I made for Amber instead of writing is any indication of how badly I’m struggling right now… I think I can say you’re definitely NOT alone.

    And you’re not a failure, or poseur.

    Comment by Elaina Lee — November 23, 2010 @ 12:21 | Reply

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