TRUST THE TALENT.
WHAT THAT MEANS TO ME IS,
WHEN YOU'RE AT YOUR DARKEST MOMENTS
AND YOU THINK YOU'RE WRITING
THE WORST THING THAT'S EVER BEEN WRITTEN,
AND IT'S GOING TO BE A FAILURE,
YOU JUST WANT TO GIVE UP AND GO TO MADRID,
THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS SIMPLY
GIVE YOURSELF OVER TO YOUR INSTINCTS.
I hate to admit it, but I don't trust my instincts enough. I second guess my writing choices fifty-two times (or would that be "fifty-second guess my choices"? Ugh, too much math!) First person or third person POV? Present or past tense? My protagonist can't say that . . . or can he? My antagonist can't do that . . . or can she? This idea is too creepy/too weird/too out-of-the box . . . or is it?
But usually, if instead of agonizing, I just stop and listen, I hear the answer, I feel the moment. It's like when two puzzle pieces fit together - on the front, a picture starts taking shape while on the back, the seams all line up. When that happens over and over - snap, click, snap, click - I end up with a 500 piece puzzle, a 1000 piece puzzle, a story connected and constructed by a writer's instinct and trust.
As many of us gear up for NaNo next month and some of us begin to plan writing goals for the new year (overachievers!), please remember to trust your storytelling instincts, trust your talent. Trust yourself. You've got this!