I read a lot of writer and editor blogs. I adore many of them. They are insightful, funny, and interesting. But sometimes their “everything will work out!” balanced and upbeat tone makes me want to stick a fork in my eye. Maybe two forks.
I’m glad you’ve achieved equanimity 20,000 words into the second draft of your novel. I’m glad that you figured out how to add serial commas to an entire manuscript using two keystrokes instead of three. I’m glad you have discovered that meditating and having sex five times a day cures your writer’s block and gets you an agent. Really, I’m delighted.
But what about the rest of us? Sometimes that client never calls you back because of something you did. Sometimes you sit at your desk and cry because your nineteen-year-old cat is literally on her last legs. You read mediocre fantasy novels instead of writing. You blow off impending deadlines to hang curtains, which you should have done last night except that you were reading mediocre fantasy novels. All completely hypothetical, of course.
What’s gone wrong for you this week?