My husband usually takes the brunt, but I’d be okay even ranting at a cardboard cut-out of Elvis. Just as long as I could talk.
“I hate my characters! I hate my plot! Why am I writing this book?”
I even like to shout about good news.
“This scene is the most inspired bit of words EVER WRITTEN! I’m a genius!”
- Getting away/relaxing
Sometimes I curl up on the floor in front of the TV and watch The Goonies. Or put on records and crank the volume. Anything that involves forgetting about my WIP for at least a few hours.
- Putting my characters in unlikely situations
When I get stuck, I imagine scenes that would never be in the book. My characters taking epic roadtrips or joining the circus.
- Not being too hard on myself
I like to set writing goals, but I learned a long time ago that stressing over those goals isn’t going to help. It’s actually going to slow me down.
- Working on something else
It’s the whole “absence makes the heart grow fonder” thing. I dump my misbehaving WIP in time-out for awhile before I start to feel bad. Maybe I was too hard on it. I’ll just crack the door and peek in…oh, look how cute it is! *pulls it out for a hug*
Happy Friday to everyone – it’s 9:15am in Virginia and I’m already having a looong day, so sending out virtual cake to all the writers in the trenches, we will have a virtual party and this day will end up ROCKING. I know it will.
Video below for further inspiration – I thought about saying, “replace every instance of Goonies with writers.”
“Writers never say die!”
“It’s our time down here!”
But the rest of the speech doesn’t make a lot of sense with the switch. EXCEPT, I’ve now decided on a new name for writer self-doubt:
DON’T get into Troy’s bucket, keep sloshing around, looking for treasure, because being down here with the rest of the Goonies is a whole lot more awesome than being anywhere else!
P.S. How idiotic are Troy’s friends to not realize there isn’t a person on the bucket?