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Over the past week or so I’ve been playing email tag with a very good friend from college who is at what I think is a very pivotal point in her writing life. She’s trying to get back on the writing wagon, but her muse seems to be asleep at the wheel. Likely as not, it’s because she works all day teaching and by the time she gets home her muse feels beaten within an inch of her life. Teaching can do that some days.
Regardless, because she’s a trooper, she’s doing the Poem-A-Day challenge for the month of April and, while she started strong, it’s eleven days into the maelstrom now and she admitted that she’s beginning to flag. The writing is slow and painful now and, when it finally does come, it’s a train wreck so horrifying she suffers PTSD the next day and has a hard time boarding the writing train again. We’ve all been there, and know how this can snowball into a writing slump.
She asked me for some thoughts on how to get past this. Well, here’s something I’ve learned about writing, and I learned it from the A-Team: failure IS an option Dive deeper…