I’ve come to the conclusion that some days are just not productive writing days. Whether you are stuck on page 1 line 1 or somewhere further along, I wanted to share a few ways I break the blank-page-blinking-curser torment to get the creative juices flowing.
- Get creative: I like to spend time on crafty projects (sewing, jewelry making, etc.) to relax me. I usually have some kind of project that I can work on, and when I’m done I have something cute to show for it.
- Play a game: I’m not much of a board game person, but I love Word Search and Sudoku. I have a few of these books in varying difficulty levels around the house
so I can pick one up when I need it.
- Write something else: Writing something that is no pressure or low pressure will get the words moving at least. I have tried my hand at poems, jokes, social media posts, blogs, thank you cards, heck even a grocery list to move things along (hence the real reason for this blog…shhh don’t tell).
- Go to the gym: When all else fails, I exercise. I get some great ideas when I’m at the gym. Once those endorphins get going the ideas start to form. Of course the bad part is you have nowhere to write them down, so you may need to think that one out. I usually have my phone with me and send myself emails with notes that come to me.
Anything that can get my mind off the story is great. I find when I go back to writing later the time away has helped. Eventually a bunch of letters make up words, which make up sentences, which make up paragraphs, and like magic a chapter has appeared. Okay, so it’s not really magic, but you get the point.