Dear Writer Not Writing,
Sometimes we have the time to write and want to write, but we can’t. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like writer’s block because we’re writing blog posts, book reviews, journal entries, poems, etc. but we’re not working on the one thing that matters the most: our book.
What should you do when you’re not making any headway on your WIP? Try this:
1. Write one sentence every time you think about your story.
I got this one from Claudine and think it’s a fabulous way to get back into writing, because what writer doesn’t think about their story at least a dozen times a day? If you write one sentence the odds are you’ll write another one to go with it. And soon you may have a paragraph!
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2. Change your scenery.
Writing in the same place can kill our creativity. Try writing outside, at the park or beach, in a book store or coffee shop, in bed or even in your car. Words may flow better if you have different surroundings.
3. Change your medium.
If you always work with a computer/laptop, try to hand write your WIP with a pen and paper. This can free your words just like changing your scenery.
4. Free Write
I admit to having trouble with this one because I tend to edit as I go (a nasty habit), but there have been times when I free wrote scenes and the outcomes was so much more raw and better than it would’ve been if I second guessed every sentence. Try to write freely by pouring every thought that pops into your head onto your paper. Don’t think about making anything flow or adding vivid prose. That can come later. Just write!
QUESTION: What gets you writing when you’ve been struggling for a while?
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