In my experience the ‘I hate my writing!’ mood follows, what we in the trade call, a creative high. Those euphoric feelings which come with a creative high disappear and your mood sinks quickly like a lead balloon. One day you are leaping for joy after reading what you have written and the next day you find yourself hating every single word. Not only that but you loathe being a writer and the thought of your literary dream just makes you want to go stick pins in your eyes.
This is a tough mood to endure as it can lead to other things:
- You screaming ‘I QUIT!’
- Deleting your work.
- Loud sobbing
- A social media outburst where you tweet and pin out your anger.
- A raid of the chocolate cupboard.
- An early glass of wine.
- Crying in the bath.
- A cheese and biscuit binge.
- A tiff with a loved one.
Here are some handy tips on how to survive the ‘I hate my writing!’ mood:
- Step away from your writing with hands raised. Don’t you reach out for that delete button! Leave it! Go do something else. You need a break from it.
- Get some fresh air. I find that a walk in the fresh air can sort out a host of life issues.
- Have a nap. A lie down can sort out most issues in life too! Hug your favourite teddy bear and drift off.
- Have a cup of tea. My mother swears that a cup of tea will help ease any life frustration.
- Relax – producing creative crap is a good thing! Read my post from earlier this week.
- The hatred will pass. It might take time (can vary from writer to writer) but it will pass.
- Try not to start writing something else. I find doing this makes it harder to return to the draft you hate.
- Write an email to a writer friend. Tell a writer friend about how much you hate your writing. Don’t send it as it won’t be a pleasurable read for your friend and it will probably be jam packed full of naughty words. Hating writing sometimes brings on these sorts of words. Don’t spoil that sweet and innocent image that your writer friend has of you with your outpouring of rude phrases about how much you dislike your writing. Keep the mystery alive for them! Sigh! The act of writing out your frustration will help ease those tense feelings.
- You are not alone. We all go through this. Just think somewhere out there in the universe there is another writer like you angrily pummelling a sofa cushion whilst muttering “I hate my writing so much today!”
Take it easy writers!
Have a fabulous day!