We all suffer from nightmares – to a varying degree. We wake up in the middle of the night sweating, relieved to find it was no more than a bad dream.
As writers our worst nightmare is that we’ll never be able to write again. Our mind has gone blank. The words won’t come. What do we do about it?
One solution is to simply write. Write, write, write. Write anything that comes into your head even if it’s a load of rubbish. The very act of writing releases a trigger that allows the right thoughts and words to come through. It sounds crazy, I know, but it has worked for me on the few occasions I’ve been stuck for an idea. I’ve then crossed out the rubbishy first part and got on with the story.
Or – another nightmare – what if no-one likes your book after you’ve spent all that time writing it? What if every editor you send it to declines to accept it? What do you do then? Sit in a corner and cry? No! You learn by your mistakes, sharpen up your writing and get down to another book. I guess I was fortunate in that I had only one book rejected and it certainly didn’t stop me writing. And it shouldn’t stop you. These are short-term disappointments that should make you all the more determined to achieve success. Otherwise what was the point of writing in the first place?
Do let me know about your failures and achievements.