The 6 Emotional Stages of Having a Big Idea That Could Suck or Be Really Great

There will be crying.

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Probably as you're waiting for your conditioner to absorb or right when your body does that weird jerky thing before you fall asleep, a stroke of shower/nighttime genius darts across your cerebral cortex. "I better write this down," you say as you immediately think of something else, perhaps that raspberries make great hairpieces for Lego action figures. (But you remember the idea later, which is enough evidence of its promise.)  

If this were a meme, the caption would be "When you're really excited for something that could be big but might not be, and you don't want to jinx it by pushing too hard too early." Here is the pic.

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[While making flapping motions with hands]: What if someone already thought of this? OMG WHAT IF SOMEONE THOUGHT OF THIS BUT THREW IT INTO THEIR REJECT PILE? [Two weeks later, after having made a draft, put it away, and come back to it]: Why, yes, I am garbage. (See next stage.)  

I am a fraud. I suck. ::violent sobbing::

But a fraud who still has a deadline!!! So you keeping going until your suckage decreases in proportion to how hard you're working. 

"I am god." Until the next time you have an idea, and the cycle repeats.

So how do you turn a Big Idea into an exciting new career? Catch the premiere of new show Quit Your Day Job on March 30 at 10/9c on Oxygen. Keep an eye out for Marie Claire executive editor Lea Goldman!

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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.