Wednesday, November 4, 2009


I wrote this last month, kind of as a note to myself, the morning after I finished making revisions on my MG novel, Secret of Undine. I have days when I feel like I suck as a writer and I'm not making any progress. (Ever been there?) I knew I would have days where I needed a pick me up. This was a note to encourage myself. Hope it encourages you too.

Tomorrow I’ll be exhausted.
And next month I might be crying from the sting of rejection.

But for today, I want to enjoy this high.
I want to revel in the overwhelming flood of emotion,
The pride of accomplishment that comes from completing my rewrite.

My skin tingles from only three hours of sleep
But my fingers flew over the keyboard.

I figured out motivations,
Discovered hidden emotions,
Found opportunities to foreshadow.
And I dug deeper than I thought I could.

Today I’m ecstatic.
My book is stronger, the characters more believable.

Best of all, I believe in myself,
In my ability as a writer
To find the metaphor,
To listen to the bad guy.
To let the hero fail sometimes.

We all need to fail sometimes.
It makes the victories that much sweeter.


Myra McEntire said...

And every time you sit down to write, YOU WIN AGAIN. Every time. Don't forget. ;)

Kelly Polark said...

Thank you for that, I am currently struggling with my revisions.
Just getting the words done, the words cut is an accomplishment.

storyqueen said...


I don't even have time to comment this morning, but I found myself having to, anyway.


I love this. And the last line is priceless.


lisa and laura said...

This is perfect, Sherrie! I feel like every writer should have this printed out and mounted on their wall.

Rebecca Gomez said...

Yes! I have so been there. Just this morning, actually! Thank you for the encouragement.

Tess said...

There's nothing better than that high...than that feeling of accomplishment you explain so well.

And, you are right .. we need to remind ourselves of that every time we slip and feel discouraged.

Lori W. said...

Just what I needed, and I love that you posted this at 3:15 in the morning! I hope you were up writing on the new WIP or wired with the high of having completed a new chapter. Thank you for helping me dig deeper, too. Your feedback has been huge.

Tana said...

I love that note! I've recently felt that way too. I have a great agent looking at my work right now and although I don't know what the future holds, I choose to have joy in this moment. ;)

Elana Johnson said...

This is amazing! And exactly what I needed to read today. Thanks!

Katie Anderson said...

I am crying. literally crying.


Hardygirl said...

Oh. This is good. So good. Just what we all need.


Suzanne Casamento said...

Wow. You should submit that to the SCBWI newsletter. You know how sometimes they'll publish a poem about writing in the issue? Yours would be perfect!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks for sharing. Lovely poem.

Susan R. Mills said...

I was right there with you today. I think we all go through it. I spent 3 hours trying to re-write a scene.

Carrie Harris said...

Suzanne stole my comment! I was going to say the same thing: this needs to go in a writer's newsletter like SCBWI. We've ALL felt like this!

Sherrie Petersen said...

I'm glad you guys found inspiration in this piece.

Thanks for the notes and best wishes as you work on your own revisions!

Concord Carpenter said...

Love your blogs title!

Kelly H-Y said...

AMEN to that!!! Beautiful!

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