We've all had moments where we look at what we've written and absolutely hate it. We threaten to quit, never write again, burn the manuscript (I've even printed a manuscript out just so I could burn it--very dramatic of me, I know), tell ourselves that we're writing crap, and then pout for a few hours (or days).
But then we start again.
Are we crazy? Yeah, probably, but at least we're somewhat functional in the world, right?
If you're ever at the point of hating what you're writing, here's a trick to find that flow again. Save a tree and don't print out your manuscript just to burn it so you can feel better while you watch the pages curl up with flames. Instead, take a scene from your manuscript and write it from another character's perspective. Better yet, switch it from third person to first or vice versa. This is a "for-your-eyes-only" writing exercise designed to snap your mind out of a funk and back into creativity.
It is sort of like tricking yourself, actually. Think about it: if you're sitting there hating what you've written, what better way to prove to yourself how bad you are then to write it over again from a different point of view? Maybe you can even be snarky or go way over-the-top to the point of absolute absurdity. When you're finished, you'll have done something productive (writing) and you'll more than likely realize that you don't suck at all. Because think about it...how many people are adept at doing what you've just done? Not many.
Only a crazy author would or could write the same scene from different perspectives--or make fun of themselves through literary effect.
You're a F'n genius!
Now get to work.
Amber Lea Easton
Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published author of nonfiction, thrillers, and romantic suspense. A professional editor and freelance journalist for nearly two decades, she created Mountain Moxie Publishing Services to assist authors in mastering the writing craft. Her memoir, Free Fall, is dedicated to spreading suicide awareness, has topped international best selling charts, and has been named by Dr. Prem as fourth on the "Ten Most Inspiring True Stories Everyone Must Read" list. Easton is also a speaker regarding parenting through trauma and suicide awareness. To discover more about Mountain Moxie Publishing Services, please go to http://www.moxiegirlwriting.com. For a list of all of Easton's books, articles and interviews, go to http://www.amberleaeaston.com.