Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

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Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Friday, 17 April 2009

Don't get mad, get even

Are you fed up with queue jumpers? Have you reached the end of your tether with your uncompromising boss? Is a colleague driving you to distraction? Had any road rage recently due to reckless drivers? Has someone borrowed an idea from your blog and used it for themselves? Or is there something else that has rattled your cage? I suppose the list could be endless, depending on your tolerance levels.

But don't get an ulcer, or send your blood pressure soaring. Don't resort to violence or dirty tricks. Don't give someone a taste of their own medicine. No, we don't want to bring ourselves down to their level - do we? We are highly trained and honorable professionals after all.

Take deep breaths whilst counting to ten - then get your notebook out and write about it! Don't waste time venting your frustrations at the person who has irked you - get it down on paper instead. They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, so use bits of that person as fodder for your characters - make them get what they deserve in your short story or a poem. Obviously you need to make sure that they cannot be identified, change names etc - you don't want a lawsuit! But it can be an amazing way of letting go of your anger and frustration leaving you less stressed. And if you make money from selling the stories, then all the better.

Don't forget to say thank you to the person who has irritated you. They won't have the foggiest what you're on about, and you can walk away with a smug look on your face thinking up potential plot lines.

Happy writing! Julie xx

1 comment:

Fee said...

I love your family picture and you are right not to sink to someone else's level.

Best wishes