Monday, April 18, 2011

Hypochondriac Writer.

I have to admit that I'm kind of having one of those lame weeks with my blog. 

Sorry, I just am. I hope you'll still come visit me...this really should pass. 

Anyway, let's get down to my life long illness. Or rather, non-illness. One of those things you think is an illness when you think everything is an illness. Confused? 

Have you ever met a hypochondriac? I'm a mild hypochondriac. Yes, I worry that I have every little thing wrong with my body. All. The. Time. 

I'm getting better. MUCH better. But you should've been in my biology class in Junior High when we learned about all those cancer's. Yeah, I pretty much thought I had every single cancer. Including the ones that girls can't even technically get. 

Oh and then I saw a movie with an old lady who goes blind. You guessed it! I thought I was going blind.

I live an exciting life. 

And how does all this have to do with writing? It has so much to do with it. How many of us worry about every little thing while writing our first draft?

I try not to edit as I write but I just do. I can't help it. And if I'm not worried about grammar it's my character's or my plot line. I'm totally a hypochondriac writer!

How about you? Do you ever get worried that you'll suffer from writer's block forever? How about self doubt? What about just worried about the future and what may or may not come? 


  1. I am perpetually worried about suffering from writer's block until the end of time. The self doubt is often crippling and if I think about the future and what may or may not come, I generally end up in the fetal position.

    But eventually I get up and get back to work.

  2. Oh Michelle! I self diagnosed myself with a writerly form of hypochondria a while ago. I just keep forcing myself to get up and write, blog, or whatever - regardless of my insecurities and writing ailments. Occasionally I succumb and then you'll find me on the couch with some cheese popcorn and a stack of movies.

  3. I edit while I write as well. I've tried not to, but I just can't help it. I'm a hypochondriac with my writing securities as well... I never think I'm doing things right, and if someone has a problem with an element in their writing, I think I have the same thing! :( I try not to drive myself crazy, but sometimes it happens. :)

  4. So far, I've managed to avoid editing as I write a first draft, but all bets are off once that's finished. I have to fix every little thing. when I was part of a critique group with more than one person, it nearly crippled my writing.

  5. LOLOL!!! *snort* I'm sorry, but I'm giggling like crazy at you thinking you're going blind.

    :o| I'm sorry. That's not funny.

    When I was single, I couldn't watch the news b/c I just KNEW I was getting everything. Now that I'm a mamma, I swear, I WISH I could get a hospital stay, so I could REST!!! :D j/k not really, but you know what I mean~ ((hugs)) hang in there, honey!

  6. GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD!!! Just kidding. I wish I could give you the magical remedy to free your mind and let yourself write, alas I do not.

    I'm one that hates editing while writing. It gives me such a case of writers block.

    I hope you're well! I miss you so much ;)

  7. Also I was giggling with Leigh and just had to comment when she was so honest about it as well. You crack me up Michelle. Not that I'm laughing at you, I'm laughing with you.

  8. I'm probably most vulnerable to worries about self-doubt, but I love writing too much to give it up, so I figure I'll either get published or die trying.

  9. I think writers deal with self-doubt and over editing. It's part of the trade. I think it gets even worse for people who have to face poor reviews and such. Keep your chin up and your fingers tapping. :)

  10. M.J.-That's great that you get up and get back to work. That's what really matters.

    Chantele-Um...we're the same. No surprise :)

    Kayeleen-Oh, I'm sorry it almost crippled your writing. That is no good! That's great that you can wait to edit until your first draft is over though.

    Leigh and Jen-I giggle at my weirdness quite often. It's the best way to deal with it :) And a hospital stay with someone taking care of me for a day or two would be awesome! Can I say fudge brownie from the hospital cafeteria? Yes. I know, sounds gross but after I had my last kid I wanted one every hour. Don't worry...I held back most hours :)

    Susan-Way to be. It's not worth giving in or giving up. I'm glad you can work through your writing hypochondriacisms.

    Ciara-Oh man, poor reviews! And we all thought the misery ended after agent rejections :) My chin is totally up and my fingers are always tapping...even when I'm not at the computer.

  11. I'm suffering from it RIGHT NOW. I keep finding everything wrong with my story, editing when I should just continue. It's horrible. Is there a cure? I'll pay good money. :)


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