How To Maximise Your Highs And Lows

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Do you ever get those days when the words flow from your fingertips like a waterfall after heavy rain? You tend to go about your duties with a spring in your step, humming with admiration for the wonderful world you live in? Your book is a masterpiece, your writing literary genius, anything is possible?

They’re usually followed by days clouded in uncertainty and doubt. Your waterfall dries to a trickle, the flow of words stilted like a dripping tap.

Your moods swing from one day to the other.

But the lows are just as necessary as the highs.

The lows force us to work harder, to question, to reevaluate. We write from a place of reality and determination. We’re at the bottom of the ladder looking up, aware of the climb. The lows keep us level headed.

The highs keep us going. They’re like a happy pill. We’re productive, inspired, this is what it’s all about. Our writing makes perfect sense, we believe.

The two moods work together. They complement each other. If you’re on a constant high, you’re probably headed for a fall. If all you experience is the lows, where’s the pleasure? So, perhaps it’s about using them effectively.

Rachelle Gardner claims she’s more successful when she practices ‘thinking negative’.

“When I ‘think negative,’ I factor into my habitual ‘positive thinking’, a realistic assessment of the difficulties, challenges or obstacles that may be in front of me. I attempt to understand any potential risks or pitfalls in my path.”

You can read the full post here.

Let’s recognise the two moods and exploit them. When we’re feeling positive, we can write freely and without question. We can use this time to be productive, to enjoy the process, to increase our word count and progress our story.

When we feel ourselves sink, we can become our best judge. We can question what we’ve written, how we can improve it. This is our dose of reality, our leveller. What are the challenges that lie ahead, how can we overcome them?

If we never question or doubt ourselves then perhaps we don’t understand the challenge of our task. After all, “Easy reading is damn hard writing” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).

How do you utilise your highs and lows? Which state of mind do you work best under?

This article was originally published on Top of the Slush Pile
Follow Gemma Hawdon @gemmaleehawdon

About Gemma Hawdon

Freelance Writer published nationally across Australia, blogger, writing my first novel.

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