Facing Disappointment


Sometimes, no matter how hard you are working, the words crash to the ground like lumps of lead instead of flying off the page like songbirds. This happens to everyone. We all have off days. The important thing is to remember that this is a temporary phenomenon and not to give up.

When nothing is going right, it is time to take a break and rest up. Go for a walk in the sunshine. Ring a friend and go out for coffee. Reread one of your favourite books. The goal is not to fret. Don’t give yourself the chance to wallow in disappointment.

And remember, there is always tomorrow. Your muse will be waiting for you.


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4 responses to “Facing Disappointment

  1. wsmarble

    Good advice, that. If you take it one step further, what would you say to someone who cannot seem to find their muse at all?

    • If your muse has gone into hiding, it may be that you are putting too much pressure on yourself to write. When that happens, the best thing you can do is take a break away from what you are trying to write and have some fun instead. I have two little exercises that help.
      1/ Word Play. Set up a timer for a ten minute alarm. Now pick a word with a LOT of significance, like Apple or Rose or Boat. For ten minutes, write down every single thing you can think of to do with that word. For example, an apple might make you think of Adam & Eve, Snow White, an apple a day keeps the doctor way, apple pie order, and so on and so forth. At the end of ten minutes, pick three of the silliest ideas and write a paragraph on each one. Then write a short 1000-word story based on the best of three paragraphs.

      2/ Pick one item in your house that you love, for whatever reason. Say it is a picture of your grandfather’s house or a vase your best friend gave you. Write a letter to that object thanking it for the pleasure it brings you. Now write a letter from that object to you. Pick the best five sentences from the letters and turn them into a poem.

      With luck, you will having so much fun your muse will decide to come out to play.

  2. wsmarble

    Those are GREAT suggestions–thank you so much! By the way, for what it’s worth (and this is going to be a “not much” adventure), I found myself humming the tune to SpongeBob Squarepants yesterday, but somehow the words became “Cogpunk Steamscribe.” If it has never before happened to you, then I deeply apologize for planting that unshakeable idea!

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