So. You sit down to write. You open the Word doc that you've opened a million times before, see the chapter heading or title page and . . . you hate it. You hate that chapter title, that opening paragraph, that scene that you've revised twenty billion times.
This happened to me a little while ago. I've been revising Post-Apoc Ninjas for like ever, and I was so frigging sick of seeing this screen every morning:
|Single-spaced, 10-point font, baby. That's how I roll.|
But hey, writing's hard, right? We just gotta deal with it and move on.
But this was affecting my mood (and my predilection toward distraction) every single day. It was making a hard thing harder. So with the help of some basic psychology, I fixed it. Now I see these instead:
|Emo Billy, but lots cooler.|
|Alternate view: a map prettier than any I could ever draw.|
So that's your tip for today: When you open your manuscript for the millionth time and you LOATHE it, drop some awesome pictures on the first page to remind you why you still love it.
What about you? When you hate your manuscript and don't want to see it ever again, what do you do about it?