No, I'm not talking about agent rejections. Although I have gotten a few of those this week. But let's be honest, rejections are a little bit a part of life when you're sending out queries and that's okay. You eat ice cream and get over it.
What I'm talking about though, are rough patches in your WIPS. I hit one recently and I was really having trouble getting through it. I had just wrapped up a few dramatic scenes and everything I wrote after that seemed a little boring. So I did the worst thing you can do. I just didn't write. For a week! I had been on such a roll too, writing every day (night) and my word count was growing and my story was unfolding and then BOOM. Rough patch.
Luckily I found a great blog by Jenny Torres Sanchez and she mentioned a twitter challenge she does called #1Kwordchallenge, which is basically writing 1,000 words in an hour. Seemed like a good idea to me! I thought perhaps just powering through the rough patch would help me move on. It turns out that I really liked what I wrote during the challenge. Not only that, I wrote almost 2,000 words in an hour because I wasn't thinking too much. Fantastic!
So anyway, I guess my advice of the day would be to power through any rough patches you have. Of course you may have to go back to edit and make it make sense later but that's better than just staring at it, right? Right.
So go kick that rough patch's butt!