Don’t you hate it, when despite your best efforts, you keep ending up with a story that doesn’t meet your expectations? Have you simply lost your writing muse?
You might think that this is just a case of “writer’s block” and that you’ll get the creative juices flowing after taking a break. But what will you do if this isn’t the case?
Here are some tips to try and get your writing groove back.
Take a Vacation
I don’t mean going on a travel vacation. I’m referring to taking a vacation from writing. Set aside your writing for a moment to give your creativity a rest.Try to keep your mind off your story. If it helps, you could also take a well-deserved travel vacation just to refresh your mind.
Practice Your Socialization Skills
Writers are often dubbed as a recluse due to their need to concentrate on their writing. They rarely take the time off to socialize with family and friends particularly if the creative juices are flowing.
Take this time to visit with your family and friends. Take a peek at your social media accounts to see what’s happening and to be able to reconnect. This just might be the form of rest that you need to get those creative juices pumping again.
Exercise Your Body
A healthy body equals a healthy and sound mind. If you sit in front of the computer for long periods of time within the day to write, I recommend going out for a run or walk. You might also want to visit the local gym.
Whichever way you choose, the point here is that you also have to exercise your body to keep them healthy as well. Getting a good night’s sleep is also highly recommended.
With these tips, I hope you get your writing groove back. If not, then repeat all of the tips until you get back your groove. Happy writing!
Are you an aspiring writer but often find yourself too busy with everyday living to take the time off and just concentrate on writing a story that you’ve been toying with for some time in your mind?
Here are a few hacks that can get you jump started.
Write on Schedule
Set a specific time on your daily routine to doing nothing but writing your story. If this means putting a big “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door, go ahead and do it! The main thing here is that you set aside a time to dedicate towards your writing goal.
Keep on Writing
Even on days when you may say you are suffering from “writer’s block”, try to write even one or two sentences. It may just be a few sentences of gibberish and not related to the story itself, but you have to persist and not be disheartened.
Short Writing Sessions
Make it a habit to bring along a notebook and pen so you can write whenever inspiration strikes you but try limit it to an hour or under an hour.
You may be riding a bus and get stuck in traffic when a thought suddenly enters your mind. Simply write down your thoughts. If you didn’t get to finish what you were writing at the time, no need to rush. This is a good reason for you to continue where you left off during your scheduled writing time.
Get It Done
Don’t make excuses if you are planning to be a serious writer. It might be a bit difficult at first but making a habit out of taking an hour or two a day to simply focus on writing would be a perfect start.
Overall, it isn’t easy to find time the write. You really need to try to set aside a time to write.
If you are an aspiring writer, a novella would be a great start to your writing career. The length of a novella is long enough not to be considered a short story and short enough not to be considered a novel.
Here are some tips to help you on your way.
Define and Plot
One important thing to remember is that a novella has a word count limit of about 50,000. Once you have this set, your next step is to plot the story.
Keep in mind that a typical novella has few characters, few setting changes, and one clear plot that the story will revolve around.
Keep the number of characters in your novella limited. If you are writing a novella series, you can add in one or two characters that can help readers make a connection to the next novella that you have yet to write.
Set A Pace
With the limited word count, a good novella should be set in a pace that gradually builds up to the climax or the cliffhanger ending. A good practice is to write an outline of the novella and create an initial draft.
Cliffhanger or Climax Ending
Some authors love creating cliffhanger endings particularly for series-type novellas. This makes your readership want to continue reading onto the next novel.
Your other option would be to finish the story with a good climax but with a hint of what they can look forward to. If you are not writing a series novella, having the story end with a good climax should be noted.
Edit, Proofread, and Edit Again
Once you’re done with your initial draft, set the novella aside for a day or two. Don’t be tempted to proofread and edit on the same day that you finished writing the draft. Taking a step away from what you wrote will also give your brain enough time to rest giving you a fresh start when you re-read your initial draft.
The novella might be a bit challenging due to the word count limit, but it really is a good way to start improving your writing skills.