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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 13

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Jun. 26th, 2008 | 05:49 am

 "It often seems to me that the biggest single issue for a writer is how to stay buoyant enough to go on writing. How not to drown." - Janet Turner Hospital

From the book, THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO CRAFTING STORIES FOR CHILDREN, by Nancy Lamb:

"In writing as in life, there are moments when our confidence disappears and our courage fades, when staying afloat is all we can manage. This loss of heart can happen to the strongest soul. Nobody is immune to the crisis of faith."

So, what to do? Wendy gives a number of suggestions:

1. Make a list of reasons why you love the story - Why is this story worth writing?

2. Skip the section that's giving you trouble, and write a different part of the book.

3. Put the book away for ten days - "Forget" about the book. Don't touch it, don't look at it, no matter what.

4. Keep a daily journal about the book - Don't write IN the book, just take notes ABOUT the book

5. Find a writer's group to join, if you're not a part of one already.

6. Embrace solitude - Go and do something alone, and that feeds your soul. It might be a walk, it might be a concert, it might be sitting in your backyard watching the birds. 

Our creative spirit needs to be fed and cared for. Be kind to it. The negative voices can be extremely harmful to it. When they start in, figure out what you need to do to get rid of them. Have positive affirmations at the ready, but also KNOW what helps you fight that negativity. And if you don't know, it's time to experiment and find out. 

Happy Writing!

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jennifer_d_g

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from: jennifer_d_g
date: Jun. 26th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
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CRAFTING STORIES is actually written by Nancy Lamb. Wendy Lamb is an editor.

I'm enjoying your positive posts, Lisa!

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writeandbelieve

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from: writeandbelieve
date: Jun. 26th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Oops sorry, you are right :) Off to correct now...

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