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?