So what is “there”?
That back and forth feeling of utter ecstasy in your writing to the moments where you want to delete your computer files and then set it on fire because that’s how bad your writing sucks.
Yep. If you’re an writer, you’ve been there.
Most of the time Writer Whiplash is brought on by a bad review.
Some nobody—a stranger—posts a few bad words on a public page about how your plot lacked depth, was unrealistic, or your characters lacked real emotions. Perhaps they even went on to say that your writing was boring or bursting with typos.
Whatever the reason for their harsh comments, they have just, not only ruined your day, but have crushed any motivation for you to open up your current work-in-progress.
You start to question why you even began writing and why you continue to do it. You start finding ways to distract yourself so that you don’t have to face the fact that you are trying to distract yourself, all while knowing you need to write.
Of course, with these lowest of lows, the flip side of Writer Whiplash is the highest of highs. Just like the bad reviews, good reviews can send you in a state of euphoria that can kill writers block and cause your fingers to fly across the keyboard as you pen your next masterpiece.
During those days you can’t sit in front of your computer long enough because all you want to do is write. Screw doing laundry, screw washing dishes, screw making dinner for your family, you lock yourself into a corner of the house and work until your fingers can only pray they fall off just so they can get a break.
Ah, yes, the ups and downs of being a writer.
I suppose that’s the beauty of it all, though. The reasoning behind the madness. Nothing in life has ups but never downs. Nothing in life doesn’t bring you joy without some heartache. The term “I love you, but right now I don’t like you.” comes to mind.
So darling followers, do you get writer whiplash? If so, how do you deal with it? And, if not, what is your secret?