Do you have a cure for the winter writing blahs?

Posted on January 29, 2008


Help! It’s the dead of winter with no end in sight. I’m in the middle of writing my first novel and suddenly my words seem stale and my characters are out of control. I’m ready to throw the whole thing in the trash and start over. Do you have a cure for the winter writing blahs?

Hey, I am totally there. It’s been a long, cold, snowy January here in Colorado. My current WIP is giving me fits, too. It happens to all of us.

First of all, don’t throw your novel in the trash. Set it aside and take a break. Get out of the house. Get some exercise. Go shopping. Get a massage. Have lunch with a friend. Treat yourself to a day off. You probably need it. It will help ease your cabin fever.

Go do that right now, then come back here …

There. See? Doesn’t that feel better?

Uh-oh. Still dreading the sight of those manuscript pages?

Write something else. Write a short story, poem, article, essay, blog post, anything. Just write something else.

Here’s an even better idea. Write something else – and have some fun with it. Enter a contest. And I just happen to have the perfect contest for you.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Find a vanity poetry contest, a contest with low standards whose main purpose is to entice poets to buy expensive products like anthologies, chapbooks, CDs, plaques and silver bowls. Vanity contests will often praise remarkably bad poems in their effort to sell as much stuff to as many people as possible. Click here for an example of a vanity contest that accepts nearly everything.

Make up a deliberately absurd, strange, laugh-out-loud humor poem. Click here for examples.

Submit your parody poem to a vanity contest as a joke.

After you’ve done steps 1-3, click here to submit your entry to the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest.

There is no fee. Poets of all nations are welcome. Your poem must be in English (inspired gibberish also accepted). Please submit only one poem during the submission period. Your poem may be of any length.

Jendi Reiter is this year’s Judge of the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest.

Deadline: April 1, 2008

1st Prize: $1,359
2nd Prize: $764
3rd Prize: $338
12 Honorable Mentions: $72.95 each

All winners will receive official Winning Writers polo shirts and publication at

Go to Winning Writers for complete submission guidelines.

Now get writng and good luck!

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