Inspiration for today's post is from the wonderful Jen Daiker at her blog Unedited. Her Marketing Monday post, comparing a writer's journey with Alice in Wonderland really got me to thinking. About Alice, yes, but also about what I do when I don't feel like writing, or querying, or facing the blogosphere. I game.
Sometimes you just don't have enough armor, or your weapon isn't very powerful. Or you fall off and die - several times. When that happens you have two choices. You can keep trying until you figure out how to reach the platform on your own or you can go online and look up a game guide (also called a walkthrough). This lets you know what obstacles and opponents are waiting for you ahead in the game and how best to defeat them. Some people consider it cheating, but it's really all in the way you use it.
Speaking of one who has been killed by bosses many times, I try and try until I finally have to break down and look up a game guide. I go in as prepared as I can, but sometimes there is a strategy I forgot to employ or a specific weapon I need to use. Game guides help with this.
It's the same with writers trying to publish. You go in as prepared as you can, but sometimes you're not quite as ready as you thought you were. That's when you pause the game and go look up a strategy guide on a writer's forum, a blog, or in a magazine.
So, what helped you reach the level you're at now, and what advice, weapons and armor will you use to get to the next one?