As a writer, being a critic comes with the job. But to be honest, sometimes I am genuinely impressed with my work. Right now, every page of my manuscript is littered with little ‘fix me ups’ in the form of red pen, yellow, blue and purple highlighter marks and black overwrites.
However, once every 20 pages or so, I find a section I’ve written well, and I just can’t help leaving myself a little ‘this is good writing’ note with a little smiley face.
A little cheesy? Absolutely.
But hey, this isn’t high school…no-one else is going to give me a gold star for good writing are they? And I just happen to like gold stars. Whatever motivates me towards the end product, don’t you think?