When I wasn’t writing, I was still working. And I still had some great days as a writer.
Part of it was not freaking out about my lack of inspired fiction writing like I have in the past. I seem to always sort of hit a lull in October/November (Damn your timing NaNoWriMo!) and it picks up again in the late winter, early spring. I also have dealt with a little bit of trauma this year and I had to rebuild the creative reserves I needed to use for that.
So, for your benefit, here are some ways to have a good writing day that don’t require much writing at all.
- Your twitter writing hashtag contribution gets more favorites that usual.
- You got a query out
- You read an awesome book that inspired you.
- You read a terrible book and knew you could write something better.
- You figured out how to fix a problem scene while taking a walk.
- Your hilarious facebook status got 25 likes.
- You got a verbal compliment on your writing.
- You met another awesome writer.
- You read an article that gave you some insight on improving your work.
- You got an agent or publisher favorite in a twitter pitch party.
- You realized you just love writing and you’re going to keep at it no matter what.
- You composed a haiku about sloppy joes that is pretty brilliant.
- You gave another writer a sincere compliment on their work.
- You started to call yourself a writer instead of an aspiring writer.
- You got a request to read your work.
- You determined the perfect wine for writing horror.
- You got a great idea for a new story.
- You helped another writer out.
- You found the perfect place to submit.
- You decided you got this, no matter how much work it takes, how much time it takes, you’re gonna make it.