I’m currently going through a tough writing patch and to my amazement I am still smiling!
If I had endured this struggle last year I think I would have quit and thrown myself into hand painting egg shells with bits of watercress growing out of them. I can’t paint to save my life, nor can I grow any sort of plant, other than a good strong weed, but after experiencing the rigours of the literary world I feel this hobby would bring me some creative calmness.
Here are some ideas on how to keep smiling through tough writing patches. These are currently working for me so they have been road tested.
- Keep writing through your tough patch. This actually works. It doesn’t matter what you write but the act of writing silences your demons. I am trying to write every day even though I find myself looking longingly at egg shells in the recycling bin.
- Start a reading binge. Starting my Goodreads 2017 challenge could not have come at a better time for me. The trick is to keep your restless mind occupied.
- Read your Writer’s Positivity Log. This was something Sacha Black suggested I do. You keep a log of every positive comment, writing success and nice piece of feedback you have ever had. It is such a valuable tool for dark literary times.
- Return to your creative roots. My creative roots lie with writing romantic comedy and humorous blog series. This is where I feel most at home. Publishing the Diary of Roxy Collins on my blog and then Tina’s Writer Diary were some of my happiest writing times. So, on Thursday I have a new comedy blog series starting called ‘Heaven Calling’. Returning to what I love doing has been like taking a magical tonic during my tough writing patch.
- Take some time out. Catch up with friends, family and loved ones. It will help refill your creative well.
- Read other blog posts. I had lost touch with reading other blog posts whilst writing my second draft. Catching up with other writers and bloggers has been so much fun and it also makes you realise that you are not alone during a tough writing patch.
- Turn to Rick Stein’s food recipes. His latest cookery book ‘Rick Stein’s Long Weekends’ is packed full of yummy recipes which have delighted my taste buds and made me feel a lot better inside. For noting – I can’t cook to save my life so my loved one has been locked away in the kitchen for hours on end with strict instructions to cook me some Rick Stein food.
- Remind yourself of how lucky you are to be a writer. What other activity gives you the freedom to be a little weird, create invisible people, wear tweed jackets, frequent coffee shops and go off to a faraway place in your head whenever you feel like it?
Have a great day!
Brace yourselves for Thursday BlondeWriteMore readers. Heaven will be calling!