Wednesday, August 30, 2006
It's August. In my little corner of the world, that means hot, sunny, parched-dry days. One after another.
Except Mother Nature doesn't seem to realize it's August. The last few days have been as dark as an overcast winter day, with drizzling rain, and we were lucky to reach a high of 60 degrees yesterday, forget about a seasonal normal of 80 degrees. And it's making me cranky.
Yeah, I'm whining, but I'm getting to my point, and it's even related to the BUSINESS of writing. Namely -- life happens, and we need to be prepared for it. Weather or rejections or day jobs or family demands or health or whatever gets to you. From time to time, it's pretty much guaranteed that whatever it is that shuts you down as an author is going to happen.
I know the weather will improve, and I'll get over my current shut-down, but in the meantime, I've been thinking about the havoc that this sort of unpredictable shut-down can wreak on a writer's business plan. And, since I hate havoc almost as much as I hate the current miserable weather, I'd like to account for creative meltdowns in the business plan I'm devising.
Sometimes, of course, the answer is "just do it" -- just sit at the keyboard and type, no matter how impossible it seems. Other times, though, I think that won't work, and the author needs some other coping mechanism to get back on track before returning to the keyboard with renewed energy, enthusiasm and ideas.
At the moment, my coping mechanism consists of wallowing in the misery a bit, but I'd like to think there are better options, and that it might be helpful when setting up a business plan to: 1) be aware that these meltdowns can occur, 2) know the triggers, and 3) have an action plan for coping with them.
So, tell me: what's your worst trigger and what's your most successful coping mechanism?