Writing Tips

Getting Over the Hump


“February is the shortest month of the year, so if you’re having a miserable year, try to schedule it for February” – Lemony Snicket

Good advice but it’s hard to schedule bad times. In fact, they like to sneak up on you most of the time. The hard part is getting past it and forcing yourself to go on. You know when Mark Twain was writing Huck Finn, he took a seven year break between writing the first half and the second. Seven years is a long time.

Now that the frenzy of the New Year has died, probably a lot of people are slowing down and starting to realize that their writing goals may have been a bit too lofty. Personally, I haven’t started on a single one of mine. So what do you do when life gets you down and there’s a big old mountain between you and your goals?

A mountain climber would tell you to get rope and cleats and hooks to pull yourself up, and that’s exactly what I’m going to say.

  • Find support. We can’t do this alone. I know everyone says writing is a solitary act, but I, for one, need someone to bounce ideas off of. I need someone who will tell me something is stupid or great or just listen. Find that person.
  • Find an idea. I know, that is an extremely simplified version of what finding ideas really is. But if you want to write, you’ve gotta have something to write about.
  • Read something. When all else fails, you might be able to find what you need in an old favorite or a new book.

I have a feel February is going to go by quickly. Maybe I’ll take my own advice and write something!


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