bad writing days

Dear writer,

We all have those days where it seems hopeless. Our books aren’t selling. Our query letters are rejected. What’s the point? We bleed onto the page and it’s ignored. We’re standing in a corner waiting for someone, anyone to turn around and listen to us, but they all have their backs turned.

On these days, lean on your characters—your heroes and your villains. They are projections of your personality and possess strength and wisdom. The magic you can’t consciously tap into can be accessed through them.

Ask them, what they would do in your situation? What advice do they have? You’d be surprised at how encouraging they are (probably because you brought them into existence).

If you’re having trouble having this conversation in your head, write it down. Let your character compose a letter to you. It may even be the seed of a new story idea.