HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH WRITING AGAIN
Have you ever been in an author’s slump agonizing over how you will get your writing back? Have you ever wondered how to overcome your authoring fears? Do you want to fall in love with writing again? If your response to any of these questions is, “yes,” here are some practical suggestions:
Embrace a change of scenery identifying a few dedicated spaces for writing and alternating between them.
Develop one or more rituals such as writing at a particular time of day, reading some motivational quotes before recording your personal thoughts, or first listening to inspirational music.
If you have had a long hiatus, do not try to write a huge amount at once but rather slowly build up your momentum keeping your emphasis on “quality” as opposed to “quantity.”
Set aside a definite period each day to only write about subjects of appeal; don’t just write for profit. Writing about what you have to is one thing, but writing about what you yearn to is essential to consistent motivation.
Play with words–use puns, alliteration or other literary styles; pay attention to synonym nuances.
Daily take a few minutes to journal about your writing frustrations—pause, reflect, and get in touch with your feelings.”
As creativity has ebb and flow, trust the process when inspiration wanes, and have self-compassion.
Don’t compare yourself to other writers. Affirm your strengths while seeking to improve them, and enjoy the process.
Don’t worry about what other writers think. As the poet Allen Ginsberg maintained, “To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.” Similarly, author Barbara Kingsolver declares, “Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.”
Free-write about anything that comes to mind, and do not edit as you go as it can restrict the flow of your thoughts
Write about something outside your comfort zone.
Read the writings of other authors. If there is no time to read entire books, read inspirational quotes. As author Susan Sontag stated, “The love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.”
Join a writers’ group or cultivate the friendship of a few writers you esteem who will be honest with you; it will expose strengths and growing edges helping you move forward.
Take breaks, and get fresh air to allow your mind to rest.
Do not sit hunched over your work all day but rather exercise as it stimulates the brain.
Eat healthily, and to avoid lethargy, don’t ingest too much food or caffeine immediately before your writing session and get plenty of sound sleep.
Temporarily stop writing, and engage in other creative activities.
End the monotony by spending time with family and friends.
Engage in leisure activities taking the time to do something enjoyable that’s entirely different from writing.
Publish one of your works if no more than a poem on a blog post.
Reward yourself with something you crave for each goal you fulfill.
Take a vacation to step aside from it all, or just go on a honeymoon with your writing.
Reflect on what first ignited your passion for writing and notate it; revisit these notes when feeling uninspired.
Author Marcy McKay states, “Real writers need words like we need oxygen. Both are necessary for our survival. We must use our minds, bodies, and spirits to succeed.” McKay also says, “For successful writing, love conquers all. Make it an affair to remember for both you, and your readers.”
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