Writing Highs and Lows

Writing Highs and Lows

This month, Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) asked, “What are your writer highs (the good times) and lows (the not-so-good times)?” Well, I’ve experienced both, and despite the downside of writing, I keep generating content. Here’s why I continue even after years of writing highs and lows.

Writers Write

I’ll prove I my firm grasp of the obvious by stating writers write. If you’re anything like me, you know that feeling all too well.

A compulsion to write is the bright red thread woven throughout the fabric of a writer’s life. Regardless of how you feel about the quality of your prose or poetry, you can’t shake the sense you must write.

Writing Highs and Lows

➨Writing Highs

On a good day, writing flows like a dream. The carefree hippo sunning on the river bank represents the sense of wonder permeating mind and body. Swept along in a writer’s high, you feel like you can do more than you ever hoped or imagined.

➨Writing Lows

On a bad day, writing is impossible, like trying a one-handed retrieve of a beach ball in a swimming pool. The exhausted hippo serves as a proxy for your sense of failure. You can touch a topic with your mind, but the right words float away.

Truth Beats the Lie

You know the lie:

Only certain people with inherent talent are qualified to write.

Here’s the truth:

Anyone can write if they’re willing to study and practice.

And here’s how the truth beats the lie:

  1. We write, unaware of what we don’t know.
  2. An honest critique makes us aware of writing issues.
  3. We then study and practice time-proven writing techniques.
  4. Over time, our higher quality writing becomes intuitive.


Our Writing Highs and Lows Continue

The good news is you can learn and practice to write faster with higher quality.

Here’s the not-so-good news: our writing highs and lows continue.

That’s the cycle, and no amount of cussing and discussing will change the process.


If you accept there will be good days and not-so-good days as a writer, you’ll surpass the writing wannabes who give up after someone gives an honest critique slicing through their thin skin.

Want to toughen your skin? Apply daily this time-proven salve made from ten two-letter-words:

If it is to be, it is up to me.

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What are your writer highs (the good times) and lows (the not-so-good times), and how do you handle those feelings?

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8 responses to “Writing Highs and Lows”

  1. Nancy Gideon Avatar

    What a fantastic post! You nailed it! “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!” My new mantra for getting hands back on keys on those days I’d rather be binge watching Netflix.

    1. Grant at Tame Your Book! Avatar
      Grant at Tame Your Book!

      Thanks for stopping by, Nancy!

  2. Jacqui Murray Avatar

    That hippo–I feel it! What an image, Grant.

    1. Grant at Tame Your Book! Avatar
      Grant at Tame Your Book!

      I snagged that pic on a day filled with highs and lows. Thanks, Jacqui!

  3. Lee Lowery Avatar
    Lee Lowery

    Great imagery! I must admit, I’ve never pictured a hippo in my high or low times. Maybe a lounging panther – lazy in the sun, but razor sharp claws for catching the unsuspecting prey. 🤣

    1. Grant at Tame Your Book! Avatar
      Grant at Tame Your Book!

      I was having one of “those days” and the hippo caught my attention — not a day when the lion roared — LOL!

  4. alexjcavanaugh Avatar

    Just keep pushing through no matter the highs and lows. They will come and go anyway.

    1. Grant at Tame Your Book! Avatar
      Grant at Tame Your Book!

      Thanks, Alex!

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