PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING
EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT ACTIVELY WRITING DUE TO WRITERS BLOCK OR EXHAUSTION OR LIFE, YOU ARE, IN FACT, STILL A WRITER.
— Katie *Your Writer Big Sister* Masters (@Katie_Masters29) September 10, 2018
Sometimes writers block gets the best of us. It comes for us whether we are famous and working, whether we are hobbyists and stay-at-home-moms.
So if you are going through a writer’s block, you are not alone. We all go through it. But sometimes it’s hard to keep calling yourself a “writer” when the words just aren’t doing the… uhh… word thing.
Here are a few ideas of things to do when the words aren’t “wording” but still keeps you in the game:
Make a Playlist
This may come as a surprise to you, but I love playlists. I love, love, love curating playlists. I mentioned it in my previous post but honestly, I can’t say too much or too often how fun, and important having playlists for characters, settings, and settings-as-characters can be.
Determining what would go on your character’s iPods (even if it’s before or after such a thing) or what kind of music the people of your world play and dance to can really help you get back in the mood to write about them again!
If you’re a pantzer like me, you probably rushed into your story headlong, face-first, maybe not even writing in order. Sitting down to actually plan and structure your work once you have a better grip on what your story will look like.
If you’re more of the planning type, maybe it’s time to revisit your outlines, rework your structure, look over your plot points again.
It can help you find your direction, determine where to go next, and give you an idea of your progress.
Find Character Details
What is your character’s favorite color? Favorite food? Favorite book or song?
These details might not always come up in your story, but it can make your characters seem like fully-fleshed people with real interests and hobbies and likes and dislikes.
There are lots of great resources and worksheets you can download and fill out or even just start lists yourself!
Work on Marketing
It’s never too early to dream! Poke around Manuscript Wish List, find a copy of Writer’s Market in your local library, or start thinking about promotion.
Even writing out a query letter, no matter how early into your work you are, can help you refine your ideas and get an idea of where your story really is.
Connect on Social Media
Reaching out and getting support can really help you get through a block and give you more inspiration to keep on going.
Not only that, but establishing your platform can be really important when it comes to publishing and making sales in the future and there are lots of people who can help you when you need it most!
I recommend checking out online hashtag chats like #WritersPatch, #JustAddTea, and daily prompts like #AuthorConfession on Twitter. By answering questions about your work in progress, it can get your creative juices going, and it’s a great way to make friends! There are hourly chats practically every day so keep an eye out for schedules, and pick one that works best for you.
What do you do when you struggle with writer’s block that keeps you in writin’ fightin’ spirit?