5 Reminders for When Writing Isn’t Easy

I try to work on my manuscript all day Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays and intermittently on the other days of the week. I head into the local library and work there because I’ve found that it forces me to work when I seem to find too many distractions at home.

Monday started out like any other day. I had a plan for what I wanted to work on, but when I sat down to write the words simply wouldn’t come. I sometimes find this is the case when I’m not sure what chapter/scene/dialogue I want to write next, but I’d sketched out the scene in my head the night before.

People would probably chalk this up to ‘writer’s block’, but I really don’t like using that term. Yes, I was struggling to put words on paper, but I feel like the term gives you an excuse to momentarily accept defeat. I don’t like that at all. I have never liked the term, and I truly think that you can work through a slump, even if you achieve just a small amount of work.

If you’ve found yourself in this situation before I’ve listed some tips below that might help you get back to the page.

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  1. Writing is often times a challenge. There’s that saying that if it was easy everyone would do it, and it isn’t wrong. Even on really good days, I don’t write at the speed of light because my ideas are flowing so fast that I can barely put them on the page. If I find that I’m super motivated/inspired I often write slower, more methodically because I want to make sure that I capture my idea to the best that I can in an initial draft.do-not-give-up-2015253_1920
  2. There is a difference between giving up and taking a break. My little story ends with me following my own advice and taking a break. I knew that I’d pushed myself to write more than I thought I could on Monday, so I felt o.k. in taking a break. I can’t say I felt great about it because I didn’t have some nagging thoughts of guilt run through my brain later that day.sun-165403_19203. Know when you’ve done enough for the day. There are some people who set a goal of a certain number of words a day. I generally stick to a word count, or a set amount of time to work depending on whether I’m creating new content or editing for the day. That said, I’ve often pushed myself too far and burnt myself out. I was tired and cranky, and I didn’t have any motivation to work the next day. Some people don’t get burnt out, but I suggest finding a healthy, daily workload that you can stick with and enjoy.

 

read-369040_19204. Read something for inspiration. It doesn’t have to be something literary, and often times when I’m frustrated with my own writing I search out a book that is nothing but fun. I let reading take me out of my own head. I find a book that inspires me by the story. Something that I think is so well written/motivational/exciting that I want to try and write something like it myself.

 

 

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5. Find a prompt. If all else fails I love going online and finding the most outlandish prompt I can. Do I look at it and think that it’s completely bonkers? Yes? Then that’s the one I pick. I find that the more out of your comfort zone that a prompt is it has the better chance of getting you out of whatever slump you might find yourself in.

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