Adventures in Writing a Novel

Writer Whiplash #writing #amwriting #writerslife #author #romance #writerproblems

1231705_638549556211730_1525701148_nIf you’re a writer, you’ve been there. Or at least, you should have at least once. If you haven’t then I bow down to your awesomeness.

So what is “there”?

Writer Whiplash

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?

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3 thoughts on “Writer Whiplash #writing #amwriting #writerslife #author #romance #writerproblems

  1. Of course I get writer’s whiplash. Sometimes when I’d come home from my writer’s critique group (back in FL), after they ripped a chapter I wrote to shreds, I’d swear I was done with writing. I’d put it aside and not go near it. Then, after a few days, I’d brace myself to re-look at their comments about my chapter. Most of them were correct and super helpful. Very few comments I tossed. By the time I fixed my chapter from their comments, I had the smoothest chapter I’d ever written, until the next one came along ….

    Keep up the good work, A.

      1. Sounds like the clip from a Nick Cage movie I put up on fb. He sits down and stares at the blank page to start a scene and his thoughts on are on coffee and a muffin. LOL

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