Everyone takes a knock to their confidence at some point. Perhaps you received a rejection letter or the epic scene in your head comes out a bit limp and lame on paper. You just feel like giving up and crawling into bed with a book and hot cocoa. I mean, that’s fine for a day or two, but after that you need to get up, get out and find your mojo!
Just because one person doesn’t like your work doesn’t mean other people won’t either. Did you know that Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was rejected at least once, and the publisher said, “It is so badly written”? Did that stop him? Of course it didn’t, he simply sent it to another publisher and lo and behold, it has now sold in excess of 80 million copies.
If you’re struggling to find the willpower to write more, try finding a competition with either a great prize or a great premise. You want to do well, so you’ll do the best you can; it could be the best entry they get!
Ups and downs are a given in life: what goes up must come down, but likewise what falls down bounces. If you fall to what you imagine to be the bottom of everything, just bounce up again and keep moving forward. Losing your mojo for a day, even a week or a month, isn’t the end of the world, you can always come back to being your old, great self again.
It’s well known that if you enjoy something you’re so likely to do well. You like writing, right, otherwise you wouldn’t be here. So even if one little thing can’t be fixed for the moment, move on until you’ve got a clear enough head to go back and smash it. I mean, not literally, your laptop probably wouldn’t thank you for that.
At least one person out there believes in you, and even if that’s a stranger over the internet (hello!) then surely that’s enough to heave yourself, grab your mojo from wherever it’s lurking and carry on doing what you love?