The Roller Coaster of Writing

I find that sometimes writing is a real roller coaster. There are times writers may have a “love/hate” relationship with writing. It can be so exciting and rewarding. You create something and just watching the magic come together is an emotional high like no other. But then there are other days. Days where writing can seem terrifying. You might feel your work is awful. “What’s the point?” “You’ll never be as good as…”

It’s a strange phenomenon. I haven’t had too many of those scary days lately – but they do creep up when you least expect it. So how do you get through those times? Do you give up? Throw in the towel? Hang up your pen?

Or

Do you take a step back? Take a deep breath? Take a break? These are certainly great options, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes just going for a walk to refresh your mind will help. Sometimes just writing through it helps. Look to a journal or a blog about your writing progress to sort out those complicated feelings.

But, when you’re done, that story you were working on? It’s still there. Your muse will return because chances are, if you have a story idea in your head – that Muse will not leave you alone. So do what you need to recover from the writing lows when you have them. There will be many more writing highs to look forward to.

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Author: jengladen

Jennifer Gladen is a children’s author who lives and writes in Pennsylvania. She is the author of A Star in the Night, Teresa’s Shadow, Angel Donor, and Caitie the Caterpillar through Guardian Angel Publishing. She contributed as a columnist at Catholic Mom and is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild (C.W.G.). She is also a P.A.L member of the S.C.B.W.I. She has written several children’s stories, poems, and articles, and started her own Catholic e-zine. Her third picture book, Angel Donor is a story about a girl in need of a liver transplant. The story was inspired by Ms. Gladen's daughter who was in a similar situation. Jennifer Gladen is available for school visits. She has visited childcare centers, elementary schools, and universities in order to support reading, writing, and literacy.

2 thoughts on “The Roller Coaster of Writing”

  1. Great point. I’ve come to accept that writing involves more low points than high points, mainly because when it comes down to it, writing is actual work. So of course I’m going to resist it, despite loving the craft.
    We all have different reasons for embracing the suck, and we all have our methods of coping too. I like your idea of just going for a walk and clearing your mind. Thanks for sharing!

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