When all else fails…
- Go to conferences! It helps to meet like-minded people with similar goals and challenges.
- Success builds on itself. Have you had success in the past? Do you have wonderful acceptance letters or even encouraging rejection letters? Read over these. Post the most encouraging ones where you can see them.
- Have gratitude for what’s working. Celebrate when you meet one of the small goals you set for yourself. If you don’t celebrate the small successes, it can feel hopeless, like you are having no success at all.
What to read when you’re stuck
- Writing Past Dark by Bonnie Friedman
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- On Writing by Stephen King
- If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Finding Your Writer’s Voice by Thaisa Frank and Dorothy Wall
- Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland
- The International Freelancer blog by Mridu Khullar Relph
Dana Shavin’s essays have appeared in Oxford American, Psychology Today, The Sun, Bark, Fourth Genre, Alaska Quarterly Review, Parade.com, and others. She has been a lifestyle columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press since 2002. She is the author of a memoir, The Body Tourist, and is a certified professional life coach. A complete list of publications can be found at danashavin.com.Originally Published