I returned from my trip to Arizona and last night met with the students at our final Novel Writing class. Most of the time, these last classes are a mixture of questions, student readings and a flurry of conversation as they exchange contact info and make plans for keeping their writing flowing. Last night, though, I found myself delivering a message of encouragement and hope.
Writing Tip for Today: Wherever you are on the Writing Road, if no one takes time to encourage you, you’ll be far more likely to stop writing altogether. We must believe in ourselves, sure, but there’s nothing like a kind word to stave off the writing blues. Have you encouraged or been encouraged lately? Here are some thoughts if you are facing a down day in front of the keyboard:
- Nobody Does It Like You. You are unique–your background, attitudes, beliefs contribute to your writing style, perspective and interests. Just because another writer has written a love story for instance, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write your own. Never forget that you see the world in a way no one else does.
- There Is a Season. What is rejected today (too edgy, no one’s buying your kind of book, too this, not enough that) may be in demand tomorrow. If you believe in an idea or a book, you may have to put it on the back burner for now, but don’t give up on it.
- Never Stop Learning. Writing is a craft. You are learning that craft. Even successful authors must always keep honing their skills, improving their story ideas, perfecting their voices. Wherever you are on the path, be encouraged today.