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?