18 Things To Do Whilst Waiting For a Writing Breakthrough #AmWriting #Writers


Let’s all be honest with each other – we are all secretly waiting for a writing breakthrough!

We are all grafting away with our creative projects, occasionally looking up to wonder when that unexpected and amazing literary development will happen, catapulting us up to the next level.

Breakthroughs can be big or small. They can make you smile, cry or shriek with joy and come after months, possibly years, of hard slog.

Some examples of writing breakthroughs are listed below.

  • A victory in a writing competition.
  • Finally completing your novel and sending it off.
  • Writing something your beta-readers actually like.
  • Getting a positive response to a query letter.
  • Getting trapped in a lift for hours with a literary agent.
  • A publishing bidding war erupting over your novel.
  • Selling the film rights to your novel.
  • Being hailed as a ‘literary genius’

Whilst we are waiting we can prepare ourselves for these monumentous occasions.

Personally, I think you should always prepare yourself for both small and huge literary breakthroughs. My nightmare would be to suddenly experience a literary breakthrough and not know how to work the celeb magic!

So, what can we do to prepare ourselves?

Well my lovely readers, you can thank your lucky stars that I have made a literary breakthrough preparation list!

Here are some things you can do whilst waiting for a literary breakthrough:

  1. Keep writing and don’t quit. You don’t know how far you are away from the breakthrough! Always think it will happen tomorrow.
  2. Sharpen your synopsis. These are quite a big thing in the literary world. I love this article from Carly Watters. 
  3. Research your market and the literary agents within it. I like the info on the Writers & Artists website.
  4. Work on growing your social media following. Love this article from CoSchedule.
  5. Revamp your old blog posts.
  6. Create your own morning rituals to get you fired up. I have started doing Miracle Mornings and feel amazing.
  7. Compile your Writer’s Resume. Fab article here on this.
  8. Practice your publicity shot and learn which clever lighting techniques knock a few years off you. Make sure you know which angle of the camera works best for you. Sigh! There is a great article on the Huffington Post on this subject.
  9. Practice looking like a celebrity in selfies. Get that pout ready for those celebrity Instagram shots, once you are famous. A great article can be found here.
  10. Get used to wearing tweed. It screams ‘AUTHOR’
  11. For all those glitzy parties that you will be attending once you have had your literary breakthrough, practice working a room like you own the place. A great article can be found here.
  12. Practice your big literary prize acceptance speech. A cool article from the Independent can be found here on the best Oscar speeches of all time.
  13. Check out and road test the fancy sports car you will buy when your novel is turned into blockbuster film.
  14. Get a loved one to role play a serious TV chat show host and interview you on your literary fame. Practice your sob story about how hard it was to get this far…bla bla…the years of blogging graft…bla bla..how your beta readers hated the first draft….how that pesky grammar issue drove you to insanity.  Think about how you can tug on the audience’s heart strings.
  15. You want killer eyebrows! These furry things make a face! Forget the literary review, what you don’t need is a reader commenting on your brows #twoslugs! This would destroy me. So start hacking them into shape. Click here for useful article on getting the best brows!
  16. Start building up the fake tan. This is something I am doing as I don’t want to be chalky white on my breakthrough publicity shots. Get a fake ‘summer glow’ on the go and just work through the orange stripy leg stage. Sigh!
  17. Practice signing your signature in preparation for your future book signing events.
  18. Think about how you are going to handle sudden fame. Love this blog post on how to deal with sudden success, its part of my bedtime reading!

So there we have it!  Things you can do whilst waiting for that breakthrough!

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

70 thoughts on “18 Things To Do Whilst Waiting For a Writing Breakthrough #AmWriting #Writers

      1. Ahaha! You know me so well! 😉 Who needs make-up if your eyebrows say it all…a little lip gloss and a touch of mascara are acceptable as well.

  1. Great advice.
    Of course being 64 and male I don’t have to worry about the eyebrows or the pouty look.
    But of course being in this group there are other factors to consider:
    1) I do have to practice my serious thoughtful look, heavy with gravitas as I ponder the follies and troubles of the world.
    2) But I don’t have to practice my scathing dismissive and controversial comments of the establishment of the Literary World
    3) Still deciding on whether to wear serious conservative or idiosyncratic (but not fashionably so) types of clothing to my TV interviews (but not a hat, my wife has instructions that if I wear a hat to such events our doctor is to be contacted )

  2. Yes, the elusive writer breakthrough! I think number one on your list is the most important thing to do – after all, if you stop writing, you won’t ever break through. And I read your Miracle Mornings piece – it sounds wonderful! I’ve recently started getting up earlier to meditate every day again (I was trying to do it during the day and it really wasn’t working out), and I feel so much better as well – amazing what fifteen minutes in the morning can do, isn’t it? 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks time!

  3. Hahaha. I quite enjoyed how they started off very serious and insightful, and then got silly and awesome. I will now start wearing tweed on a daily basis — you can never be too prepared!

    1. I like lists which start off serious and then turn into something a lot different! Happy Friday and thx for reading! Hope to see you again in these blonde parts of town 🙂

  4. Seriously helpful list. I’ll be sure to mention you in one of my various acceptance speeches as one of the supporters I couldn’t have done this without.

  5. This reminds me of the lottery wins my parents used to have fun spending when I was a child. I was always excited at the idea that the house they’d buy would have a swimming pool and I’d get my own bedroom. I think point one on your list really does apply, though! There’s nothing for it but to hope that tomorrow will be the big day. 🙂

  6. Excellent list. There are certainly things I need to work on, like my interviewing skills. I figure if I’m going to bookstores and writing workshops, I’d better know what I’m talking about.

      1. I do, too. I’ve been doing a little journaling just to get something going, but nothing’s come of it. I wrote a flash fiction piece a week ago, but have yet to post it. I’ve been reading other posts and found a few interesting prompts. Perhaps, I should write some flash fiction based on them.

  7. Thanks for the shout-out in #18–saving the best for last is a wise strategy. Good luck handling your imminent breakthrough; I hope you handle it with more aplomb than I did. But for now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go reprimand my butler* for not stocking enough caviar**.

    **Cheez Whiz

  8. Great List and Thanks as ever for the pointers. But Tweed and Fake Tan is a worry to me…. I prefer to sit in the sunshine while there is some, wearing Madras check in an old pair of shorts or jeans whilst I write about the wonderful things which are yet to happen in my life and the things which have, with the dog howling gently by my feet. I have shirts of many colours and he does not like to be ignored while I tap away on my laptop. Of course I am #4 as usual, as social media simply will not survive without my thrice daily input and photos of the dog, whilst I tell people how busy I am writing…. 😉 Clearly I am no where near ready for my writing breakthrough yet, since there is no sign of tweed anywhere in my cupboard and my eyebrows, well with the suntan, who’s looking at them. 🙂

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