Although we write woeful stories of tragic love and demise in dark worlds of the paranormal, as writers we need to remember to remain positive especially with ourselves and our stories. Whether you are starting on your first sentence or sending out your hundredth query letter we need to remember to stay self-assured.
I have been having a hard time with keeping excited about writing this week. All of us have these days, weeks, months or even years where we just want to sit down and delete or burn everything we have written because it’s not good enough. Don’t let the depression win!
So what do we do when we think our stories aren’t good enough or we have our 100th rejection letter? Remedies for the writing blues:
1. Keep writing! Don’t give up, just because one story isn’t working doesn’t mean that the next story won’t work. Keep sending out query letters, just because the 100th publisher didn’t like the story doesn’t mean 101st won’t like it.
2. Have several stories going at one time-That way the pressure to make a story perfect is not weighed on just one book but several different projects.
3. Work with other writers-Even if it’s not a full writing group, talk with people who know how frustrating it can be to keep inspired. These groups also keep you writing.
4. Continue editing-Keep editing the story, especially if the rejection letters keep coming.
5. Write for yourself and no one else. The best stories are usually the ones where we sit down and put our hearts on paper not worrying about what everyone else thinks.
One of the hardest things to learn is how to take criticism and not make it personal. After all, I created the story, those are my characters, how could I not take it personal? Most editors and fellow writers are just trying to help make the story stronger so don’t take it personal if they don’t like one of your character’s names or if they want a scene removed, they are thinking of business and fans not your personal feelings.
If you don’t want to change the book and you like the story as is, remember you wrote the story for you. There is always self-publishing and the story is from your heart. If you get one fan to like your book you are ahead of the game, even if that fan is a husband, wife, partner, or just a really good friend. 🙂
So pull yourself out of those writing blues and keep writing!