They say that for every bad thing you need ten good things to make up for it.
March 2014 I won the Teen Writer of the Year Award at the Florida Christian Writers Conference. I was so happy, excited, and I felt so amazing. Then about this time last year, I got the harshest critique I ever received in my life for a piece I entered into a national contest. The four judges tore it to shreds. Only one said anything remotely good about it. On top of that I received three rejections from promising agents and a magazine all within three months.
This threw me into a huge writing slump and I forgot all the good that had happened. I went from doing 1K a day easy to barely 100 words with several week gaps where I didn't write a word. I didn't get back onto my feet until September.
|Bic markers and mechanical pencil and a Pentel gel pen|
Thus, I got the idea that perhaps this could help others too. Writing is a tough profession and we need not forget that despite criticism, we do not completely suck. This does not mean that we don't need improvement or we should use this as a way to puff up our pride, but I'm hoping this will prevent some utter discouragement like I went through.
You Will Need:
A Notebook (I bought mine for $3 at Walmart)
Pens and/or Pencils
Stickers, colored markers or pencils, and memorabilia (optional)
|I thought this was a pretty good deal for $3|
|The little yellow things in the jar are fireflies by the way.|
|Voila! My crappy handwriting! And thank you to everyone who said all these nice things. |
They've filled up 34 pages so far!
Oftentimes it is easy to remember the bad and hard to remember the good. I hope a book of encouragement of your own brings you some comfort when you go through tough times as a writer.
Have you ever made a book like this before? Do you want to try it? What are some things that encourage you?