Except When You Don’t. Because, Sometimes, You Won’t.

Usually, Wednesdays are dedicated to YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesdays.  But not today, my imaginary readers.  Today I will be whining, so feel free to skip this entry if you hate whiners.

Today (and yesterday) I’ve been in a Slump.  When I really think about it, the Slump has lasted for the major part of this month.

Everything I write is awful.  As I try to push through to the end of my [millionth] revision, I’m left feeling like I shouldn’t even waste my time.

I know most writers experience the dreaded Slump, so I’m not alone, but that doesn’t make it any easier to un-Slump myself.  Everything I do just makes the Slump worse.  I’ve tried putting my MS aside for a bit–that just killed any momentum I might have been gaining.  I’ve tried working on the query letter–that just underscored my crappy writing skills.  I’ve vented to my husband and tried to get his help–I just got frustrated that he doesn’t know how to write a query letter.  Why should he know how to do that?  He writes software.

Here’s my un-Slumping strategies for today:

  • Work on query letter.  Despite not knowing much about query letter formats, the husband did help me come to a slight break-through on how to frame my story.
  • Read.  I haven’t read much this month (see: Slump), but I did just start AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson, and I’m really enjoying it so far.
  • Watch a cheesy rom-com.  Those always help.

Lest anyone think I’ve been a sad sack for the past forever, I’ll say that my Slump has mostly been focused around writing and reading.  Evidence:  I baked my very first pie EVER this week.  My husband said it was “picture perfect” and “the best pie I’ve ever had.”  See why I love him, despite his query letter deficiencies?


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  1. Kris Atkins says:

    That pie is gorgeous. I’m impressed! I love baking, but have little experience with pies and the crust scares me. So good job!
    As far as the dreaded Slump, I hope you get unSlumped soon! That’s seriously the worst. It’ll wear off, I promise!

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks for the morale boost 🙂 I was shocked that I pulled off the pie at all, let alone that awesome looking crust. I love to bake, too, but I am always messing things up and burning simple recipes. This one–somehow–turned out wonderful. FYI… the crust was actually a lot less difficult than I thought it would be. Give it a shot!

      • Kris Atkins says:

        I just might have to. My MIL is the queen of pies, so I’m always worried the Mr. will hold me up to her standard. But he loves me, so he shouldn’t, riiight? 😉
        Also, I gave you an award! Drop by my blog to see! Exclamation points!!

  2. Colin says:

    OK, compare your pie to my Yorkshire Pudding (see my post from yesterday), and you’ll feel a whole lot better! 🙂

    Yesterday I wrote a 500 word synopsis of my novel. I know some of the agents I intend to query require this. I really really really don’t like synopses. And I really don’t want to have to write one. And mine sucks. And I don’t know that I can make it better. After all, a synopsis is basically “Re-tell your novel but without all the components that would make me actually read it, let alone enjoy it.” But I did it anyway. Oh well… sorry Crystal, this was supposed to be your whine-party! 🙂

  3. Crystal says:

    I think your Yorkshire Pudding looks awesome! Admittedly, though, I’ve never seen a Yorkshire Pudding before yours, so maybe I’m dead wrong.

    And thanks for the commiseration 🙂 Misery loves company. Good luck on the synopsis!

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