In this blog, I want to talk to you about writer’s block and how to overcome it. This month I have struggled to write.
This month I have struggled to write
There are a few things I could blame this on, I was pretty ill at the beginning of the month and spent fair few days in bed. When I got better other people came down with the same virus, and I had my turn playing nursemaid and putting in a few extra hours at the office to cover individuals who were ill. Lastly, I’ve been extremely preoccupied with finances which are confusing at the moment.
I’m not going to mention the fact that the great Mr Sherlock lent me his copy of Stick of Truth (excellent game if you haven’t played it you should give it ago) and even if he had, of course, I’m disciplined enough that this would not have affected my writing schedule. Not even a little bit. Honest.
All of the above has resulted in a physically and mentally exhausted state which is not conducive to writing at all.
So, all throughout January, I have been suffering from writer’s block.
But I’ve been beating it back, it wasn’t easy, but I followed advice and managed to draft three short stories and edit several first draft chapters. As the advice helped me so much, I thought I would share it with you.
Stick to a writing schedule
We’re all busy, but there is no perfect time to write, there is only time. If you set a time, even just a few minutes each day to write then your chances of beating writer’s block will be significantly improved.
This is my favourite way to make sure I write; I set a deadline, I have a calendar (I’m a huge fan of calendars, I have three, one for home/life, one for work and one for writing) just for writing. I know what projects I want to do and I pace myself accordingly, “This chapter this week, the next chapter next week.” This helps because I know exactly when the project will be finished. I find it easier to do pretty much anything if I can see the end.
Have multiple projects going at once
Again another favourite, if you have one project at a time you run the risk of getting bored with it. But with several, the changes will help keep each project fresh and exciting.
Keep your energy levels up
Keep your energy levels high! Motivation is highly tied into your energy levels, if you’re shattered, you’re not going to fell motivated you’re going to feel tired. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat well and stay hydrated. It sounds dead simple, but it’s truly effective.
Bad days do happen. Understand that there will be days when you won’t be motivated, and don’t beat yourself up about them. If you have an off day draw a line under it and move on, constantly telling yourself you’re a failure is certainly not going to keep you motivated.
Give yourself days off. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy, and a demotivated boy as well. Days off are awesome!
Support is vital
Have a good support network. A little encouragement goes a long way. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again the writer’s workshop helped me at the start, and my wonderful friends have been more help than I could ever express.
In conclusion, keep your energy levels high, get plenty of sleep and make sure to take days off for rest. Bad days will happen, there will be days where you do not want to do anything, don’t beat yourself up, just move on. Support is vital; writer communities are great for this. Realistic goals are vital if you set unrealistic goals and fail to reach them your motivation will suffer.
Those are my top tips for keeping motivated, but I’m interested in hearing any of your tips and tricks, so please let me know!
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