I would love to say that I am a writer who sits at the keyboard everyday, without fail… But I’m not. Like many other writers, my creative flow has both high tides and low, which occasionally leaves me on a deserted island. I’ll write every day for months, like clockwork, and then I’ll go months with no rhythm. It can be very frustrating.
So, what do you do when your text drive wanes? You give it a kickstart!
Here are a few suggestions to get your motor running…
- Reorganize your writing space. Create an inviting and comfortable writer’s haven, whether it’s an official office or just a designated corner.
- Talk to other writers. Get together with other online and just take in the creative vibe. I actually created a group just for this purpose at, https://facebook.com/groups/creativewritersclubhouse
- Make lists. Create lists that are related to the writing work you do. This can be to-do lists for pre-marketing your latest book, lists of ideas for your current book, lists of things you need to research for the project etc.
- Join a local writers group, or create one. Share the vibe! Get together for critiques, writing workshops or just to mingle in the creative pool.
- Marketing. Use your downtime to promote the work that you already have out there. Post on all your social media, create business card bookmarks, update your website etc.
- Check your book reviews or other writing feedback. This is an activity that always gets me motivated to write. When I read how much someone has enjoyed my work, it really gets me inspired to write more.
- Take a trip to a bookish place. Seriously, visit a bookstore or a library and just roam around. Take in the smells of freshly pressed paper and brewed coffee. See what’s new on the market. Maybe pic up a copy of my personal favorites “Writers Digest” and “The Writer” magazine.
- Blue Space therapy. Get outside and go for a walk. Personally, I love walking along the beach or mountain hiking, but when these aren’t possible, I just walk a few blocks in my neighborhood.
- Jump on other projects. If you’re working on a big writing project and feeling burnt out… It’s ok to take a step away and work on other smaller projects. You don’t want to get too involved in another project and lose the drive for the other, so keep it small. Maybe write a blog article, write a blurb for the new book your own, update your webpage etc.
- Relax. Sometimes the words just won’t come, and that’s ok. Take a deep breath and relax. Give yourself the day off and try again tomorrow. Sometimes it’s the stress of pushing yourself too hard that creates the block in the first place.
During the times that I can’t write, like when I’m at my day job, I like to listen to audio books on writing. This keeps me revved up to write, so when I get home I’m ready to go. Here are a few suggestions to get your audio writer’s library started..
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