Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Writer's Woes

As a writer, I've gone through the roller coaster of ups and downs. And many times, for that matter. I know all of you writers can completely understand and empathize. Lately, I've been feeling the lows of author-hood. There are so many hats I've got to wear, so many things to do, and lack of confidence in my words that it could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. And by golly, my patience is waning.

Who knows how I'll feel tomorrow... Right?

I'm gonna be honest here: Writing isn't fun and games all the time. So often, I feel down in the dumps like all the hard work will never pay off. But then I write a great scene, and my confidence comes back. I smile and feel like the "King" of words again. Forgive the play on words.

I guess the point I'm getting at is I'm exhausted with all I've got to do--work, writing, social networking, socializing, sleeping, eating, etc...

But. And this is a huge-tastic BUT! (No play on words intended here)

The thing is I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE UP!

There has been many times I've dropped on my butt and said, "This is it. I'm caving. I'm done." 

Did I? Obviously, nope. See this is how people get published, go the distance, run the race all the way, eat all of the pie, etc...

My point here is DON'T GIVE UP! You're almost there--one word, sentence, paragraph, page, chapter, book away from finishing. When you feel like it's too hard, scratch your head, get a drink of water, and turn on your computer again. Type some words and get back into the game--the fun and games of writing. 

If Julia King (me) can do it----> anyone can!

What are your tips to overcome the woes of writing? Or friends, you can just vent out your frustrations to me. I'll listen.   

Writing. Jewels.

26 comments:

  1. I deal the roller coaster too, but haven't given up and don't plan to! :)

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  2. I have three words for you. "You Are Amazing". Take that to heart. :)

    Oh...and go to Lagoon and ride the roller coaster. I guarantee while you're doing so, you won't think of writing one bit :)

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    1. You! Are! Too!

      Lagoon... We should plan a Writers Lagoon Day this summer! Sounds fun, huh?

      And thanks!

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    2. Actually that does sound fun. I'll keep checking your blog to see when you set it all up :)

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  3. Yes! No giving up!!! :D

    And I happen to personally know *wink wink* that you are a great writer, my friend. :)

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    1. Awww shucks! Thanks! And I'm dying to get your crit back. Eep!

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  4. All of life is a roller coaster. At least with writing we're choosing our own ride. Now we just have to ride it and see where we end up.

    Never give up.

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  5. One of your readers calls and is laughing so hard you can't understand her, your niece wants to know where all the zombies and vampires are, you nearly finish wall papering your office in rejection letters, you send manuscrips to reviewers who you never hear from again, you drive 40 miles in a rain storm to visit an indie book shop that's gone out of business, and hardly anyone returns your phone calls. But about 11:00 one night you get a one line email from an 8th grader out on the plains somewhere who says, "I think your book's neat." Then you switch over to your WIP, wipe off the tear that's rolling down you cheek, and keep going, because it's all worth it.

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    1. Whoa, that was way super dramatic but way super cool. It's those little things that count. Thx

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  6. Don't fear the roller coaster, BE THE ROLLER COASTER!
    Never give up.
    Be stubborn.
    Write.
    (:

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    1. Right On! I'm the Roller Coaster Master! hehe Thx

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  7. Best advice; If you really want your dreams, fight for them. :)

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    1. Fight for your right... ok, to write! hehe Thx

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  8. Great post. You can't reach your dreams if you give up on them. We have to keep pushing forward.

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  9. Yay! I'm glad you're not giving up. This writing thing and all that goes with it can be tough. Sometimes we just need a moment to step back and breathe. :)

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  10. Oh dear... if you're too tired to eat and sleep you NEED A BREAK! LOL. Great post, Jules. Inspiring. It's such a process. But I think you're right, as long as you know it is, know what you're in for, and you still want to pursue, then you know this is the business for you ;) <3

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    1. Haha Too tired to sleep---> NEVER! And we keep going because writing rocks!

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  11. I just know that even when I'm having a crap for writing day that logically it won't last forever. Sometimes this helps. Sometimes it does not.

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  12. I get like this sometimes. Especially as I'm flying blind most of the time as really, I have no idea if what I write is good or not. Sometimes it really feels crap but you feel great the next day. I think most of us writers are prone to big mood swings! Great post. :)

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  13. Julia, I gave you an award on my blog. Stop by. :)
    http://kellyhashway.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunshine-award.html

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  14. Ah. We are so NOT alone when we feel this way. Just today, I've read several blog posts on this topic. The answer: hang in there and just keep writing!

    :) Have a great weekend!

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  15. That's the spirit (and that looks like a wicked fun roller coaster)! :)

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