We all have bad writing days. A bad writing day is when all literary hope has disappeared. You might have been on the receiving end of a few rejections, you might have been given some stinging criticism from a moody beta-reader or you might be finding that your words are not showing any signs of promise.
Cue your frustrated wail!
So, in your hour of need – what do you turn to? Wine? Chocolate? Netflix? Twitter? An uninterested loved one watching the sport on TV? A bored pet?
Once you have found the bottom of that bottle of Shiraz in the wine rack, polished off a huge slab of chocolate, trawled Netflix, tweeted a number of amusing writing quotes with gifs, tried to kiss an uninterested loved one who is engrossed in the football and confessed some troubling literary thoughts to a bored pet, its time to turn to your bad writing day playlist!
I am a big fan of playlists for different writing situations.
Currently I have playlists for:
- All my draft novels. A bit like creating your own film soundtrack.
- When I am feeling positive about my writing. Rarely played.
- Writer’s block. I need tunes with a good pulsating beat to get me going again.
- When I finally get a book published or self published. Currently unplayed and gathering dust!
- When my characters are feeling romantic. Slushy love songs.
- When my characters are…getting it on! ❤️ A different set of songs to the romance ones. Sigh!
- When a character of mine dies. A collection of deep, soul searching songs.
- A bad writing day. It’s a popular playlist – lol.
When creating a bad writing day playlist you want to find songs which:
- Motivate you.
- Get you moving again.
- Put that smile back on your face.
- Drown out those negative thoughts.
Here’s what is on my bad writing day playlist:
- ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ – D-Ream. Very uplifting!
- ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey. Love it!
- ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson. What doesn’t kill you in the writing world only makes you stronger!
- ‘Scream & Shout’ – Will.i.am feat. Britney Spears. Sometimes screaming and shouting helps during a bad writing day.
- ‘Holding Out For a Hero’ – Bonnie Tyler. A bad writing day is when you need a hero.
- ‘Jump Around’ – House of Pain. Sometimes jumping around works.
- ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’. Cher. Don’t we all wish we could turn back time on a draft that makes our beta readers groan?
- ‘Shake It Off’ – Taylor Swift. Get out of your chair and shake it off!
- ‘I Don’t Care!’ – Cheryl. Sing this to your stinky draft!
- ‘Walking on Sunshine’ – Katrina and the Waves. This song gets you smiling!
- ‘Footloose’ – Kenny Loggins. Go outside and dance your literary troubles away writer!
I would love to know what is on your bad writing day playlist?
I hope you have a great day!
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