Life is going to throw a lot of curve balls our way. That's part of life. It's how we handle those curve balls that defines us.
When that curve ball is heading our way, we've got some choices on how to handle it:
- close our eyes and swing
- keep our eye on the ball and swing
- jump out of the batter's box
- step into the pitch
- watch it go right on by
A writer's journey to publication is chock full of curve balls.
- finding the right idea
- writing the first page
- finishing the draft
- finding a crit buddy
- writing a query
- and synopsis
- sending out that query
- more rejection
- pressure of the next book
Resiliency is the key to survival in the industry. So how do we deal with those curve balls? A few suggestions:
- conversations and commiserations with writing buddies (this online writing community is incredible!!)
- always having the next idea ready to go - keep an idea bank
- critique the work of others - a great way to improve yourself & help out someone else!
- study your favourite stories to see what works in them to pull you in
- tears (but not for long!)
- time outs/times off (again, not for long!)
- chocolate (maybe that's just me)
- learn something new (this is my personal favourite. Not only is it productive, but it builds your skill set and your confidence)
There's nothing wrong with jumping out of the batter's box - as long as you're ready to learn something new and then jump right back in.
How do you build your resiliency?
Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of contemporary romance. She blogs and tweets while searching for those HEAs.