Everyone has days when they just can’t find the inspiration to write.
I’ve heard from writing friends that they’ve found it especially hard to find any creativity over the last few months what with lockdowns and the pandemic. Thankfully I haven’t suffered with lack of inspiration but I have found it hard to adjust to having family around during my writing time and helping / nagging two teenagers about their home school lessons can be draining.
I thought it would be a great time to share some of the tips I’ve found helpful now and in the past to help me keep my writing mojo.
10 Tips to writing through a slump
- Allow yourself time to write. Giving yourself the permission to write frees up your subconscious and hopefully your creativity.
- Write anything and see what arrives on the page. Lately I’ve managed to write some short stories by just starting with whatever comes into my head.
- Experiment to find the right time to write. Are you most creative first thing in the morning, evening, in bed at night? I’ve discovered first thing in the morning before I even get out of bed is my optimum creative time, though I used to love writing before I go to sleep too.
- Find the right medium to get down your ideas. For me that’s pen and paper or in a beautiful notebook. Maybe you like to type directly on your laptop, put notes on your phone or maybe a diary or journal.
- Typing up ideas you’ve scribbled down and giving them a working title can really get the creativity going as you see the story emerging on the page.
- Use idea spinners; Title prompts, picture prompts, story cubes, online sites, competition story prompts, news articles, or whatever springs to mind as your pen hits the paper.
- Have a writing journal or a place to scribble down ideas or bits of stories. When you are stuck for an idea it’s great to be able to flick through your past scribblings and see if anything inspires you.
- Maybe it’s time to revisit an old novel or short story attempts. I like to print them off, or even better send them to my ipad or kindle. Then, armed with a notebook and pen, I can read through them as a normal book and make notes on what needs changing or expanding.
- Sharing stories with critique partners can help you find out what’s not working and talking it through may just inspire you to finish it. One of my beta reader’s recently pushed me to reconsider the whole mood of a story and I realised making my character so morose was stopping the reader from connecting with her.
- Write with a friend. You can spur each other on. This is something I’ve been doing with one of my writing buddy’s Jackie. She decided to start sharing the story on her blog to force her to write more. Here are the links so far; The day of the Badger (working title) Part One , Part Two.
A few points to remember
- Write now. Edit later.
- Don’t think too much about the story. Allow your mind to work as you go along and be amazed at the story that unfolds.
- Don’t hold back.
- Don’t expect it to be a wonderful first draft. The fun is in the editing, at least it is for me!
- Enjoy yourself. Writing and creating is the best natural high there is.
I hope these tips have inspired you to write.
Do you have any great tips to share?
Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy
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