August disappeared. As I stand here, nearly catatonic, I wonder where it went. Camp NaNoWriMo held me underwater, and I didn't come up for air until the very last day. It's left me feeling fuzzy, not the warm teddy bear kind of fuzzy, but dizzy, dazed, and blurry-eyed. Zombish, only I'm missing the drool. Okay, and I think my heart is still beating, too.
In light of Insecure Writers Support Group post, I wanted to focus on giving you a few tips to help you out of a writer's rut. I vow to take my own advice. Thank you to the wonderful Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting the group.
Tips for Climbing out of the Writer's Rut
1. Get yourself a strong rope (Find a support group). When you're laying at the bottom of a muddy ditch, have your peeps toss you down a strong rope. Let them pull you up, hose off the muck, and clean you up. It's what supportive friends do. I.E. the Insecure Writers Support Group. Click on the link above to join. ;)
2. Eat chocolate (or any other comfort food). Once you're out of the ditch, lay on the grass, look up, and thank your supporters. Now, pick up your favorite reading material and consume it. That's right. READ what you love. For days if you need to. Build your strength. Have your peeps bring you things like water, real food, and comfy pajamas. Read until your heart and creative soul are nourished.
3. Get back in the saddle and write. That's right. Pick up your pen. Open a new document or an existing one. Anything. Let that creative pony run, wild and free. Journal, draft, enter contests, perfect your pitches & queries, polish your manuscripts, find beta readers, and get your work out there. It's not going to sell itself.
You can do it!!
SUCKER LITERARY MAGAZINE Volume I is now in print! You can order one from Lulu HERE . My edgy YA short story, On the Edge of Postal is in there! I just received my two copies, and they're gorgeous. :))
***Update on Follow My Lead Fiction Contest. Given the recent talk about using images from the Internet, I've had to reevaluate my tactics on where to find the images for the contest. I've been working on gathering my own photos and images. For now, the contest is on hold. Over the next several months, I will decide if it is something I'll continue or not. But, y'all will be the first to know.