Ginger, lemons, or licorice for morning sickness. Bumpy car rides to induce labor. (NOT recommended! Do NOT try this at home!) Lamaze breathing techniques for dealing with the pain of contractions. Old wives remedies and scientific approaches abound for ways to help burgeoning parents get through pregnancy.
In my post “Why I Write: Literary Childbirth“, I compare the writing process to the birthing process. It’s a great piece for fellow writers to empathize with each other and to encourage them to not give up when the birthing gets tough, knowing that the finished product will be worth the labor. However, it doesn’t offer a lot of practical tips on how to get through it.
A new post on Writer to Writers called “A Pep Talk for the Discouraged Writer” by Mez Blume fills this gap. It’s not the only writing tips piece out there, but it’s one of the most concise and encouraging while still chock full of practical substance. I want to share it as a perfect companion to my Why I Write: Literary Childbirth essay.
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