By: Karen Pashley
Traveling the writers’ road for the first time? Rest assured, you are in good company. Every single author whose books
grace your shelves once walked the very path
you are on.
If you’re like me, you may have days when you question the journey. You procrastinate, get frustrated, and endure
gut-wrenching rejections. Will you
continue? Will you have what it takes to shed those moments of hopelessness and
Here are suggestions to help you avoid some of those potholes on the highway and encourage you to make it all the way to your destination.
1. Get Inspired
- Start your day with something that inspires you before you write a single word. I like to listen to my favorite inspirational speaker while walking on my treadmill. You might listen to your favorite songs, take your dog for a walk, or play the guitar. Paint something. Order one of those fancy cappuccinos with the heart drawn in the foam and enjoy it in the solitude of a corner booth. Whatever works for you.
- Keep a Victories Journal. Met your word count for the day? Jot it down. Received an encouraging comment on your work? Write it verbatim! Resolved a pesky plot issue? That’s worthy of a note in your journal. Keeping a list of your mini victories can be the shot in the arm you need when the world looks gray and your pages look like gibberish. Make journaling a habit, and you’ll be amazed at how many positives you’ll record
excerpts from your favorite books. Sometimes, my creativity is as rusty
as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. My mind squeaks, “Oil can
.. . oil .. . can” as I stare at the computer screen, fingers at the ready, and .. . nothing.
What to do? Eat some M&Ms? Down another cup of coffee? Give up and try again later? I find it helps to pull out a favorite novel and immerse myself in the prose of someone whose writing I adore. I’ll read for a bit, marveling at the author’s vivid picture-painting, her mastery of dialog. I’ll ponder her brave rule-breaking sentences with wide-eyed admiration, amazed that she had the audacity to write something so captivating.
With my creative tank refueled, I’ll thank my trusty books for coaxing me back into my own imaginary world, where words flow without self getting in their way, and where I again find my voice.
2. Learn How to Network
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