During a good writing session you decide to have a well earned break. You shuffle off to make a cup of tea, nibble on a few biscuits and kiss a loved one.
Even though you feel mentally drained you are goofy happy. You LOVE your writing and whisper to yourself ‘I have been put on this planet to write this piece of literary gold – huzzah! I have found my story AND purpose in life!’
Fast forward an hour later and you return to your desk with a huge grin on your face.
After reading a few sentences your smile disappears and your mood sinks.
You were emotionally attached to your draft an hour ago. Now, after a cup of luke warm tea, a soggy digestive biscuit, which you dunked a little too much, and a hug with a loved one, who was more interested in lecturing you on your car parking abilities you are now feeling very different about it.
Your writing sounds dire! So much so – you now HATE IT!
Reality sinks in – you were put on this planet to write utter tripe!
Here’s some handy tips on how to survive this troubling situation:
Accept your creative high has ended. Creative highs are wonderful when they happen but all good things must come to an end. Life would be dull if we wrote amazing stuff all the time.
Your writing might benefit from a change in mental state. In order to do amazing things when writing you need to break the emotional attachments. This situation might actually help you.
Take another break.
We all get carried away with our ideas and literary success daydreams. Thank goodness for our inner editors, writer friends, beta-readers, editors, literary agents and publishers who are all there to keep us grounded – sigh!
Have a great day!
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