For several days, I’ve just felt so bad about writing. I’m so discouraged! I actually googled, “advice for discouraged writers.” I found a great little list called, “25 Inspiration Sources for the Discouraged Writer.” On this list, Cheryl Reif asks me to “identify where I feel helpless” because feeling helpless as a writer is a “sure path to stress.”
Helpless? Yes! That’s how I feel! I feel helpless because once you send proposals out, you just wait and wait and do nothing and in the meantime you forget how much you love writing. You let agents, editors, and publishers–the business side of writing–suck the life out of you.
Writing never felt this way before, so today I’m going back to the basics. I’m going back to the pure joy of using verbs like grapple and fritter. Cheryl says to take a small step so I don’t feel so helpless. My one small step out of helplessness today is to enjoy writing because it’s so fun.
Besides, I just thought of a fabulous character for a brand new novel.
Do you feel helpless about writing today? This advice about identifying where one feels helpless applies to weight loss, work, relationships, and parenting. Taking one small step out of helplessness is terrific advice!