For some of us we have a love-hate thing going on with writing. We love, love, love it when all of the mechanics are going well. Like our back isn’t aching, our carpel tunnel isn’t acting up, and our muse is working with us. Then there are the times when life gets in the way, our health, kids, hubby, the day job, and we become frustrated with that feeling of there is not enough time.
What about the times when our ideas dry up, or our last book doesn’t sell as well as we’d anticipated, or when we question if we are even an authentic writer? Or the editor wants us to dig deeper and we can’t pull anything else out of our bag of tricks. Then we hate, hate, hate, this chosen career. We think it’s too hard, we think we’ll quit, we worry that we’re throwing good money after bad with promotion and marketing, and that we will never see success.
Here are my top five ways to get back into the game and show the writing that we are willing to romance it:
- Honor. Honor the fact that you can write. Put joy and passion back into your writing. Take time out daily to marvel at this thing you do. Look at how far you’ve come on this road, and how much you’ve accomplished.
- Respect. Understand that this journey is never ending. You finish one story; you start another story. You’ve chosen to be in it for the long haul. It isn’t always going to be easy. Congratulate yourself for all effort, stretch yourself. Write something different, poetry, short story, or article. Even if you do nothing with different work, respect the word, the craft, and your talent.
- Stoke the fire. Throw on another log. Do this by reading out of your genre. Read wonderful stories, look at how other authors paint a picture, and question their message, their theme. Go to museums, art galleries, or festivals and wonder about the story the artist is telling. Listen to an orchestra, a great band, or build your own playlist. Get back into nature, talk with other writers. Share ideas.
- Give back. Volunteer. Mentor a new writer. Write a blog post about how you write and give something back to those who are coming up fast behind you.
- Relax. Take good care of your body and your mind. Regroup if you feel lost with your current work. Get
a massage to free tension in the muscles. Take a long hot bath. Light some candles. Free your mind…you never know where it will take you.
What do you find works best for you?