We are rapidly approaching the end of this month's celebration of top fives. So here are my five top things to do to keep you writing when the muse is being difficult.
When you have a new idea you might be bursting with excitement and not able to wait until you can get time to write about it, but then sitting at the desk something terrible happens - NOTHING! It's probably not 'writer's block', if that indeed exists, it might just be a little hiccup in your writing.
Okay, it may never have happened to you - but if it does here are some of the things I do to get me back on form and they might help.
1. Clear your desk.
If your desk is clear you can concentrate on writing. I find it can help to clear my mind,leave space for ideas and free up my thoughts.
2. Don't worry about being word perfect - just write
Once you have something written you can go back and work on it, rework and edit it, so don't keep stopping and reworking it might be the thing that is holding you back. Just start to write and keep on going. Later you can go back and change things, hone the piece and make it beautiful, and exciting, but not until you have actually written something.
3. Stop your writing in the middle of a sentence or in the middle of action or argument.
This makes it easier to get started again. You will find that you don't have to wind yourself back into the story it is all happening on the page where you left it, and you can step right back in there.
4. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
Not sure if you have any time to write or any ideas? Why not try this. Write as much and as fast as you can and don’t go back to correct it or worry about what you are writing, just write anything. You will probably find you are engrossed and happy to continue- if you have the time - but if not stop and have a break and try it again a little later.
5. Recognise when you are too tired to write, or need a break.
Come to it fresh and it will all seem much better and easier. Try going for a walk or taking any kind of light exercise. Even just going to the window and breathing in some fresh air can work.
Ideas and plot problems are often resolved by the sub conscious when walking, sleeping or doing other activities
So, what do you do to keep you writing? Drop by and let us know.
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