To friend/family member: “It’s coming right along. Thanks for asking!”
To self: “It’s shit. My life is over. What was I thinking? I mean, WHO WOULD READ THIS SHIT?!?!?!”
To self, ten seconds later: “Now, wait a second here, this is some good stuff. I mean, it could use some work, but what book couldn’t? No need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
To self, a minute later: “This is genius. This is fucking genius. This is gonna be great, I can feel it.”
Family member: “Yeah, hang in there. We know it’s tough. I mean, I just read the other day that 90% of writers fail.”
To self: “It’s shit. My life is over. What was I thinking…”
Repeat as needed.