If you’ve been experiencing a brain drought – you’re having trouble coming up with and following through with ideas, you’re feeling unmotivated to write, you can’t seem to get into a good flow – it might be your routine that’s the problem.
When it comes to creating things, either for work or for play, we often fall into a routine and don’t even realize it. So when we’re feeling stuck, bored or unmotivated, perhaps the best thing we can do is change up our writing routine. Even if we weren’t aware we had one.
You most likely have a preferred time, place or mood to write in. It might vary here and there, but you – usually – feel your most creative and productive at that preferred setting. It might be time to do something different. As much as you may think you hate change, it might be the thing your brain is craving most.
If you normally write in the morning, try writing in the evening instead. If you normally only get your writing done in one sitting, try breaking it up into multiple smaller sessions. Do you usually write poems? Try writing flash fiction, just for the fun of it. Do you usually write alone locked in a room? Try writing in a coffee shop surrounded by strangers.
It can be a little overwhelming trying to change things you have done a certain way a thousand times. At first, it might even throw you off balance and make it even harder to get any writing done than it was before. But that won’t last; things often really do get worse before they get better. Just keep going, and eventually, you will most likely find the new routine refreshing. You’ll get right back to your creative, productive self in no time.
Don’t forget to make these kinds of changes to your routine as often as you need to in order to stay in a good rhythm. Everyone has bad days and periods of time during which they don’t get much writing done. That doesn’t have to be the norm for you, though. Write a little differently in the coming days if you’re feeling stuck. It might be just the thing you need to get back on track.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.
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