Last night I had terrible writer's block. I have been working on a manuscript for the past week or so, and it is just not "right" yet. Its not what is in my head or what my vision is for the piece. Which is fine. That just means that I am not done yet. And I know there are many revisions in my future.
However, the issue is that I have to submit something to my writing class tonight for critique.
I was planning on submitting this manuscript, but I truly thought it would be further along and "in a better place" by today. But the truth is, it isn't.
So...I am struggling.
1) I need to submit something tonight and this is all I have.
2) It needs a lot of work. I could use some help figuring out what to do with it. So in that case my class might be helpful in their critiques.
3) It is not something I am super proud of at this point in time, so I am leary to "put it out there" as a representation of me.
Is this along the same lines as cleaning before the maid arrives?
Shouldn't I be excited to get some feedback and direction on something that I am currently working on? I mean, this is not the same as submitting to an agent or editor before I piece is ready. This is purely educational.
Does anyone else struggle with this? Any advice on how to feel better about submitting this piece?
Any pros or cons to submitting a work for critique before its "ready"? Share them here! I would to hear your responses.