There are contests everywhere! I found two more since my last post. The first one is by Roni at Fiction Groupie. Two winners will receive their choice of a first ten page critique or a query critique. The contest closes on January 15 and winners will be announced on Monday.
The second is given by Jenn Johansson. She's reached 100 followers on her blog, so she's going to let the winner of her contest choose any author who will be attending the Life, the Universe, and Everything conference (LTUE) and she will get their book and have it autographed. Sweet deal! The winner will be announced on Monday, January 18. So hurry and enter both!
For my post today, I want to discuss ways to stay positive when you hit a slump. Since I went through one of these recently, I've had the opportunity to try several different things. Some of the ones that I tried that did help are as follows:
1. Get out of the house. Staying inside and dwelling on the negative will just make things seem so much worse than they really are.
2. Read a book. It's true. When you can lose yourself in someone else's adventures/loves/woes, you can forget about your own problems for a while.
3. Watch a great movie/t.v. program. Much like reading a book, you can immerse yourself in someone else's life or even learn something new. (Got an idea to help me with my current WIP by doing this, too)
4. Visit writing-related blogs. Perhaps I did this too much, but visiting blogs of fellow writers always makes me feel better. I can get inspiration, advice, or even a good laugh from ya'll.
5. Spend time with family and friends. It's tempting to want to sit and think about your WIP all of the time when you're in a slump, but sometimes you just need to step away and live your life. And nobody knows you better than your family and friends, so go out and interact with them. And who knows, you may pick up just the right snippet of conversation or observe something brilliant that will get the creative juices flowing again.
These are just a few things I've tried, but there are many more out there. What have you done to stay positive during a slump?