September 5, 2012

Slumps, Part Three

Posted in slumps in writing tagged , at 2:31 pm by Rebecca Hein

Performance is a powerful motivator for musicians. Facing a deadline, we must get our pieces into the best shape we can with no way to put off the appointed date.

Professional writers must function the same way. But what about the beginning and intermediate writer? How do you keep going when you need pressure and incentive but you’re not actually facing a publication deadline?

A critique group may or may not be the answer. The wrong group is worse than none. Yet we need to share our writing somehow, because the isolation and discouragement that hit during a slump must be overcome.

So a critique group could bring you together with a writing buddy, either by accident or by design. It’s important to realize that we’re not alone in battling through a slump and, though writers must work harder than musicians to find companions in the culture of writers, we need this support.

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