What To Do On A Bad Manuscript Day – Bad Hair Day Lessons For Writers

Have you ever had a bad hair day? I have. In fact, if we look at my childhood photos I had bad hair years, if you know what I mean. We’ve got all of the right hair products, all of the best intentions and we are left with this. Sigh.

There are some things so universal that we all understand them. Bad hair days are one of them, but that is just the beginning. There are other times when we have all the right tools and the best of intentions, but at the end of the day our efforts are left in a tangle with stand up appeal.

Take for instance that new makeup you bought, that made the model look so great in the magazine. And because you would look so amazing, you bought the dress she was modeling too. Yeah. And then to make it better, you asked your spouse, “Honey does this make me look fat?”

Sometimes it is the small frustrations in life that make us crazy. There are much bigger things than our hairdo, but still we let it define our days from time to time.

Have you had a Bad Manuscript Day lately? Where you are seriously considering burning it, feeding it to the neighbor’s dog, or letting your toddler use it for coloring practice?

Then you are truly a writer. We have the tools and the best of intentions, but some days our manuscript doesn’t smack of brilliance. It is in a tangle with stand up comedian appeal.

What do you do on a Bad Manuscript Day?

*Use the Buddy System. Find a critique partner or friend to share the ups and downs of the writer’s life. To remind you that you really DO NOT want to shred your manuscript.

*Return to the Source. Remember, God is the source of all creativity. Sometimes we try to be amazing all on our own, but we need the Savior to inspire us. Find quiet time to refresh our creativity.

*Destroy the Lies. Lies often make us doubt ourselves and our God-given talent. Take the lie that is making you feel defeated and write it on a piece of paper, then shred it into pieces. Throw it away. Determine you are not going to believe the lies that destroy your self-confidence.

*Cling to the Dream. Dreamers have disappointments. They have to work hard to achieve their goals. If you could climb the mountain in one minute, there wouldn’t be much victory. Writing takes time and hard work to develop. You’re going to have set backs. Think of it as Mt.Everest. Pace yourself and expect set backs, but don’t let them sabotage your victory.

How do you cope on a Bad Manuscript Day?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

8 thoughts on “What To Do On A Bad Manuscript Day – Bad Hair Day Lessons For Writers

  1. I am having a bad manuscript day today. Just can’t seem to get a handle on the plot for the new book. So, I’ve asked God to let me know what He wants here. And I know He’ll come through.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    Hang in there, Pat! It will look so much better tomorrow. Find some chocolate and a good writing buddy to get you through the day.

  3. Amy Hahn says:

    delete, delete, delete…those crazy characters. What are they thinking?

  4. Michelle Lim says:

    They do stage moments of total anarchy, don’t they. I have the same problem.

  5. J.J. Bugs says:

    I have bad hair days too. Your picture and this one will help get us through. http://duckduckgrayduck.com/2011/04/04/bad-hair-day/

  6. I walk away from it for a day or two. Doing something else helps OR I’ll read a book in the genre for inspiration.

    It helps!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      A lot of times that helps me, too. There is often some plot or character issue that I haven’t resolved in my head, but I am not even aware of it. Then one day I’m like, “OH!” Solves the problem.

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