Recently, I felt down about writing. When I sat at the computer, the words didn’t flow, and when I walked away, the urge to try again was gone. I struggled and searched for the reason I was struggling and continued to struggle again. Honestly, my “down” period was caused by the holidays, and let’s be honest, 2016 was one hot mess. But now that we’re into 2017—and many of us are typing at full speed ahead to meet our New Year’s resolutions—there’s bound to be a time when you feel down again.
How can you feel better about writing when you aren’t feeling so great?
Well, there are plenty of ways. In fact, there are so many ways, I asked my fellow Clean Teen Publishing authors to share their secrets to get back on the keyboard.
1. Listen to Music
Music is a really big way for me to get back into writing. Certain songs or arrangements feel suited to different characters or situations, and that usually gets the words flowing with some regularity again. – Molly Bilinski, debut author of Lady of Sherwood (April, 2017)
When I’m struggling to write, or inspiration has left me, I always return to the old reliable; music. I go on the hunt for new music and spend time finding songs that match the mood and tone of my WIP. There is nothing more therapeutic then finding a song and suddenly having clarity. – Susan Harris, best-selling author of Skin and Bones
Whenever I’m down, I find that it’s usually because I’m taking everything too seriously and I’m too busy “adulting” to appreciate the fun in life. I need to get back to that “kid” space where anything goes and nothing is crushingly important. You’re just playing to play, having fun and going where it takes you – Jennifer Derrick, author of Avenging Fate
I always encourage writer friends to find another creative outlet. As creative spirits, writing is not all we can or should do. Create something else, craft, sew, crochet, whatever, but cultivate that creative spirit in another way. We can channel our inspiration in so many ways. – Lila Felix, author of Lightning Forgotten
3. Remind Yourself Why You Write
I reread something that I’m really proud of writing, usually something from at least a couple years ago. Sometimes remembering how great that felt can spring new ideas to mind. And sometimes it just reminds you that you have survived bad times before, and were still able to write something amazing. – Kendra Sanders, author of Dating An Alien Pop Star
“The moment you quit is the moment you fail.” I’ve been living by this mantra since September 1, 2010, the day I started writing the first novel I ever finished. Since then, I’ve had my fair share of discouraging moments, but I can honestly say I’ve never seriously considered quitting. Because if I quit, I fail. I’ve got too many stories to tell to let that happen. – Tamara Grantham, award-winning author of Dreamthief
So what’s my advice?
Along with all of these wonderful writers, I think stepping away, listening to music, reading your favorite book, or visiting your favorite café can help clear your mind of whatever’s holding you back. Sometimes, it just takes time, and I have to remind myself that writing is not a race—that my mental and physical health is important, too. Sounds simple, but it isn’t.
I always joke that I’m a Triple A personality. I’m constantly working, and if you catch me during a rare moment off, I’m probably thinking about working. (I could really use a hobby outside of reading and writing, but alas, I love them so much.) For me, visiting Barnes & Noble or a library and just surrounding myself with books can calm my soul. In the end though, one thought always finds its way back to me.
Sometimes, writing 1,000 words feels like 1 million, but even 1 million words begins with 1. #amwriting
— Shannon A. Thompson (@AuthorSAT) December 29, 2016
Be sure to visit all the awesome Clean Teen authors who made this post possible, and of course, good luck getting back on the keyboard.
It might be difficult. It might feel impossible today. But every day is the start of something new and wonderful, and every novel starts with one word.
13 thoughts on “#MondayBlogs Feeling Down About Writing? Here’s How To Write Again!”
I must be the odd duck out. Lol. While everyone seems to be ramping up their writing hats, I’m putting on the brakes and slowing down. Too much on my plate can do that. These are really great tips, though. I love the playing idea. I’ve ignored my inner kid far too long. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! Taking breaks when you need/want to is always the best way to go, no matter the time of year.
Love these tips. Currently, trying to figure out what to do, so I’ll try these to get out of writer limbo. Thanks.
I hope they work! If you figure something else out, feel free to share. 😀
Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
Here are some great tips to help you get your writing in gear from Shannon Thompson
Thank you for sharing! I’m glad you enjoyed everyone’s tips.
One more tip – READ. A lot of what I write is a reaction to news, a Bible passage, someone else’s blog, new technology, science…anything that gets your brain thinking about a topic or issue instead of aching to find a topic or issue. Hope you or anyone finds this helpful!
Absolutely! Reading definitely helps me. Thank you for adding such a wonderful tip. 😀
Great advice Shannon, wishing you a happy 2017!
Happy 2017! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I agree with Jeffery up there /\ and READ! It helps work out something in your own mind or gets you thinking… “What if!”
I read a book a while back, I think it was while I was in the hospital during my knee replacement recovery, on different artist’s methods for working, A lot of them used music for inspiration, mostly writers and painters. Most of them said it gets them to that higher creative plain we all strive to climb up to. But music does it for me.
Happy New Year!