Writer’s block. Lack of motivation. Struggles with what to write beyond a grocery list. I get it. The struggle is real, but doesn’t have to stop you from producing words. Sometimes, it is about getting creative with how you tackle writing. And sometimes we need a few tips to get us started.
What if you don’t have a specific writing project on the go? Maybe you need a break from the one you are working on. Regardless of where your writing is, there are lots of ways to continue writing, even if it doesn’t contribute to a larger body of work. As I dodge responsibility left and right, I tackled my own dilemma on how to be a viable writer by writing this blog post. Presto! Words on the page.
Writing a blog post is just one tactic though. Even if you don’t have a bigger project on the go (or are stumped with what direction to take the one you are working on at present), what else can you do? Let me help you out with a few writing tips I have learned over the years.
12 Ways to Keep Writing When You Feel Stuck
Are you ready? You don’t have to tackle them all at once, or even all of them ever. Take whichever of these writing tips that resonate with you and run with them. If they spark another idea, try that too! Let me know what works for you or what didn’t. Hopefully one of these suggestions helps though;
- review a book
- comment on a book review
- update your social media pages (Think Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. Add updates, refresh contact info and pictures, rewrite bio, etc)
- start a new social media account (Haven’t tried Google+? Give it a gander. New to Pinterest? Pin on! Unsure about Snapchat? Get snapping.)
- brainstorm for ideas for blog posts
- edit an existing piece of writing (yours or someone else’s)
- take a writing class
- send out queries for new article ideas to write
- write in a journal
- write in a different location than you normally do
- tackle a writing prompt (try writing microfiction, or write something from a photo or written prompt)
- offer to beta read someone else’s work
The important thing is not always what you write, but that you keep practicing your art. The more you write, the easier it becomes and the better you get at it. Make it a habit. Schedule it in. However you tackle it, get writing. I just did.
Let me know if any of these writing tips helped you!