I’ve had my share of tough writing times. I’ve experienced rejection, written blog posts about my creativity drying up, moaned about my writing, cried about my writing, had sleepless nights about crater-sized plot holes, written lengthy emails to writing friends about my troubling procrastination levels and filled out lots of diary pages about writing failures.
It is always important to remember that good things come too during tough writing times.
Good things like:
- Friendship. Some of my best creative friendships have started with a supportive blog comment or an encouraging tweet post during a bad writing time.
- New Characters. I have created some great new characters, whilst trying to clear up the literary mess, after a writing failure. I like to think the universe feels bad for your story not working out and sends you a gift. In my case a wild and reckless main character who would bring me so much joy that I would end up forgetting all about my creative pain.
- New Direction. Sometimes writing failures have pointed me in a new and interesting direction. I love this because my ‘I know best’ writing mindset would have prevented me from pursuing new directions.
- Knowledge. I have acquired new knowledge about writing with each failure. The universe knows I struggle to read writing craft books and take the advice of others, so it makes me learn new stuff through failure. *Sigh* The universe is so thoughtful…
- New Stories. Whilst sifting through the wreckage of shelved stories I have discovered new story ideas, buried deep. Never delete or throw anything away when it comes to writing.
- Humour. The best way to get over rejection is to find some funny aspect about the situation and laugh it out with writer friends. I think laughing helps the creative healing process.
- Perseverance. I have learnt that you can’t buy this on Amazon. It’s something you have to cultivate yourself. Overcoming writing failures is one way of growing your own batch of this stuff.
- Patience. A writing journey cannot be rushed. Books need time to stew inside your head, in notebooks and on your laptop screen. Writing failures have taught me to slow down and think stuff through.
- The chance to do something again. We are so lucky as we get the chance to rewrite, modify and adjust our stories. Can you imagine if we were only allowed one attempt?
I know this is not easy to do if you are in the middle of a bad writing patch. However I promise one day you will look back and see what I’m talking about.
It has not been easy for me with writing during a pandemic. I think on day 1 of lockdown my creative muse ran for the hills. For days after I couldn’t face my writing. Now, I am trying to see what green shoots of good things I can see coming through during this rough time for creativity. This lockdown has forced me to do new things; I’ve started doing insta story recordings where I talk directly to the phone camera. If only you knew how much bravery it’s taken me to do this 😊 I’ve signed to up a few new online writing groups and I’m connecting more with other writers.
Stay safe & well readers 😍