Dip Happens—What Do We DO When Nothing Seems To Change?

So timely for me.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Often I blog about things I am going through. Sometimes just writing things down, sketching out a plan of action, recalibrating MY perspective helps a lot. Hey, if nothing else, I have a blog post 😀 .

Lately, I’ve been in what Seth Godin calls…The DIP. In fact, I am even talking about The Dip over on my Dojo Diva blog for those who want more (and also a better chance of winning my 20 Page Death Star Critique).

*dangles carrot*

What is THE DIP? The Dip is that span of suck before the breakthrough. The Dip is where character develops, where dreams grow, where WE grow. Bad news is this is also the place where most people give up.

I’d love to say I’ve never given up when faced with a particularly tenacious Dip, but I am a terrible liar. Dips are tough. Why are Dips so hard?

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3 responses

  1. Sometimes this phenomenon isn’t pervasive. At least, not in my experience. I fell into a major dip while working on a story that truly called to me, but it was unlike anything I’d ever done before (working title: Artifacts). During that time I wrote two other books, including my first non-fiction work. But through it all, the story I *really* wanted to finish had me bogged down completely. Until last week. [huge grin] During a writer’s retreat I finally crawled out of that hole and made some progress after a 10-month stall. I know, now, that I’ll wrap that sucker up this summer. So, yes, dips are real, but they’re not necessarily incapacitating. If you focus on something else, your subconscious will eventually show you the way.

    The only other choice you have is to fire up the coffee pot, lock the door, and force your way through it.

    April 28, 2015 at 6:42 am

    • Ah, if only I had a few days where I could do just that.

      April 29, 2015 at 5:15 am

  2. I often get sidelined when I’m reminded how little other people see of our efforts. I feel like I have to work twice as hard to make someone else realize I’m not just sitting around eating bon-bons.

    April 29, 2015 at 7:24 am

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