High Low

I was feeling very high when I found out I won the WEP June Challenge for my fiction piece “The Final Transition.” A wonderful surprise and the fantastic high you get from receiving recognition for something you wrote. I was not expecting to win first place. It is hard for me to judge my own writing. Many times I have written something and thought it mediocre and then gotten positive feedback. This has encouraged me to take the risk and put my ideas out there. Other times my writing is not given much notice. But you never know if someone is reading and enjoying a post. I have had a few people tell me how they have liked my writing and I did not know it. So as in life, with writing, we have to expect to experience the highs and the lows. Just don’t let the lows get you down.

Here is a great cartoon from one of favorites, Introvert Doodles by Marzi. It was originally posted on Facebook by Quiet Revolution onΒ Thursday, August 3, 2017

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I think I could check off several things on that list and add a few more. A good way to survive the lows is to realize we are not alone, other people feel the same way.Β  πŸ™‚


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “high/low.” Featured image of City Coaster by Henry Burrows on Flickr.

 

22 thoughts on “High Low

    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Certain type of feedback is valuable, from other writers. And it is nice to know if I am affecting people. Definitely you can have the high and then it wears off. But it is still good to have encouragement. Thank you, Victo. πŸ™‚

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  1. JoAnna

    Congratulations on your win! I certainly have a list of faults in my head. It helps to list our strengths, too, and to know that we are often comparing our insides to other people’s outsides, as the cartoon suggests.

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  2. Fallon

    Congratulations on the win! That’s great. I tend to judge myself extremely harshly. And it can be hard not to listen to that inner voice that says “this all sucks. You should just give up.” But, we have to do our best to do that.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thank you, Fallon. Yes, don’t listen to that negative voice. I have judged myself harshly at times in all parts of my life. It helps me to have some support from other writers, like in WEP. There is the IWSG Insecure Writers Support Group too. Or it could be any group of supportive writers that you feel comfortable with.

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  3. bikerchick57

    Congratulations on the win, Deborah! I love the cartoon, love the message. We all have the negative or doubting thoughts in our heads, but need to remember that it’s part of being human. For those unable to make rice, I say buy it in those pre-made packets that you stick in the microwave for 90 seconds. Easy, peasy.

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  4. joey

    It really is wonderful that you won, and I’m so glad it gives you that boost of YES, we really do like your writing.
    I love the comic. I had five things in common with her list, but I did eventually learn to cook rice perfectly πŸ˜‰

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