How to handle discouragement

I will be the first to admit that I don’t handle discouraging situations very well. At all. And I am right in the middle of one.

I write. I write for the YA market, to be exact. My current WIP is something that I have put blood, sweat and tears into. Ok, there was no blood. But I can’t deny that it was a tough write, and I’m in the middle of an even tougher re-write, but I keep going because I love this story and these characters.

Until yesterday, when I had an epiphany (of the non-relegated variety). My story doesn’t work and it isn’t going to work unless I do another complete overhaul. Frankly, the thought of having to start another all-encompassing re-write makes me want to cry, shut off my computer and move on.

But I know I can’t do that. I do want to tell this story. Maybe I just need a break, a week or so to regroup before I come back to it with fresh eyes and a newfound energy. Of course, it all sounds very lovely when I put it like that, as if all I need is some new energy, a turbo-charged cup of coffee or the like. The reality is a wee bit different.

So, two people who might happen to read my blog, what do you do when you’re discouraged? How do you move past it?

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2 Responses

  1. Kate Hart says:

    I whine on Absolute Write or find beta readers to tell me what the good parts are. 🙂 Hang in there!

    LOL– my word verification is "reedju." Maybe it's a cosmic sign.

  2. Angelica R. Jackson says:

    I find some task that is either totally mind-consuming (sewing, drawing) or totally mindless (repetitive sewing, walking). In either case, the point is to remove myself from the manuscript and what I think needs to happen.

    Sometimes this takes a few days, sometimes a few weeks.

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