Fighting the Yousuck Monster

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So I’m working on some projects right now, and as usual, I have to keep the Yousuck Monster at bay. You know, the one that sits on your head and tells you over and over how awful your writing is and how you’ll never make it and you should just give up now.

Well, today I had an idea. A new defense of sorts.

When the Yousuck Monster shows up and you’re really feeling down about what you’re writing, go read the first thing you ever wrote. Or as close to the first thing as you can find. You know, that story you wrote six years ago that you were sure was going to launch your career. That brilliant idea that no one had thought of before. That beautiful prose dripping in detail and sensuality.


Not as good as you remembered it, is it?

That’s because in the last six years (or however long it’s been) you’ve grown as a writer. You’ve learned how to avoid adverbs, passive verbs and adjective storms. You’ve learned to really see a setting before putting your characters into it. You’ve learned to dismiss your first idea and your second idea and even your third.

You’re getting better every time you sit down to write. The draft you’re working on right now — the one the Yousuck Monster is hassling you about — is so totally way much better than that first story, isn’t it?

Now flick the Yousuck Monster off your head and get back to work.


12 thoughts on “Fighting the Yousuck Monster

    Laura Renegar said:
    June 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Great idea! *flick*

    Shari said:
    June 18, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Good strategy! The Yousuck Monster dropped in for a visit the other day, so maybe I’ll try this strategy right now, before heading to my desk. 🙂

      Amy K. Nichols said:
      June 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      Awesome! Let me know if it works for you! 🙂

    amanda said:
    June 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Ha! Love the title!

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    Kimberly Sabatini said:
    June 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm


    Amy Baskin said:
    June 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I think you might have flicked the Yousuck Monster over here today. Where should I flick it now?

      Amy K. Nichols said:
      June 19, 2010 at 8:14 am

      Anywhere but back at me!! LOL!

      (And Amy, you so totally don’t suck.)

    Lisa Nowak said:
    June 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

    The Yousuck Monster sucks. I try to stick my fingers in my ears and hum whenever he comes around.

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