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

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Getting It Right

Writing is a funny business. Some weeks are good weeks where the writing flows, the editing goes well and you can send lots of submissions. But some weeks it's not so good; The ideas dry up, the words don't want to come and you end up wondering whether you should be calling yourself a writer at all.

It's in these weeks that we really need our writing friends and our writing groups. That's when we also need to be kind to ourselves. We all get weeks like that and, in the grand scheme of things, they don't mean failure or the end of your writing career. What they do mean is that you've either been working too hard at your writing and have temporarily burned out or you've lost sight of your writing goals and can't see the way forward.

Your writing friends and your writing group can see you through this period by listening to your writing worries. But the main way your going to get through it is to let go of your writing for that week until you feel better about it. Other people might advise you to write your way through it, regardless of how you feel or the quality of the writing you produce. This might work in the short term, but it probably won't help in the long run and you may find yourself back to square one.

Sometimes a change is as good as a rest, so writing a short story when you've been writing a novel might jump start your enthusiasm and get you out of your writing rut. Al these suggestions have their merits, but only you can decide which is best for you at any given time. The important thing, however, is not to give up completely. If you're meant to write then you will. The temptation to write will be irresistible eventually. Take it slow, don't rush it and your writing will be all the better for it.

Happy writing
Julie xx


Maria said...

This is so true Julie, and variety is also the spice of life! When i feel this way, I take off for a walk, meet up with a friend or go for a swim. Sometimes I'll do all three, and only return to my writing when I find my passion again...

Good post, have a good week. :-)

Julie P said...

Thanks, Maria. There really is no point in writing if you aren't enjoying it as it will be so much harder and the lack of enthusiasm will show in the writing. I'm with you about walking - the best head clearer and creative juice unblocker there is!

susanjanejones said...

I agree with you Julie. Having a break can bring ideas.

Julie P said...

Hi, Susan - it certainly can!