on Fiction University:
Writing is a tough business, and once in a while, it can really bring you down. Shanna Swendson visits the lecture hall today to share tips on dealing with discouragement as a writer.
No matter how well your writing or your writing career goes, there’s bound to be a time when you get discouraged. Whether it’s because you can’t think of what happens next, the book you’re writing doesn’t match up to the book in your head, you can’t get anything but a form rejection when you submit, or you get bad reviews on a published book, discouragement can come at any stage of a writing career. Whether that discouragement ends your career or serves as a stepping stone to better things depends on how you deal with it.
The important thing to remember about dealing with discouragement is not to be self-destructive, whether physically or career-wise.