Getting Writing Inspiration, Sticking to the Writing Task

Summer 2018: Novels over Netflix, P.2

Hello, fellow dreamers. 

If you read Novels over Netflix P.1 and applied its tips, then you have found the inspiration you needed. Your mind is spinning . . . it’s on a wild train track of ideas of all the adventure, romance, peril, and suspense you’ll be throwing your characters into. All you need now is to get started.

That, of course, is easier said than done. But don’t let the daunting task scare you away. This can happen one of two ways:

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While the first method is most likely to succeed, either path works for cranking out that first draft.

The first week or month of passionately binge writing will be magical, filled with Aha! moments and bouts of giddy excitement as your world comes to life. But, at some point, writer’s block or writer’s sludge will halt you in your tracks.

Writer’s block–when you don’t know what should happen next. Writer’s sludge–when you know exactly what happens next, but the right words are constipated.”

For writer’s block specifically, there are famously many cures. Listed below are just a few of them, some pulled from How to Overcome Writer’s Block and 7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block:

1. Eliminate Distractions

Computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones–all of these are wonderful devices that aid in the creation of your next bestseller . . . that also have quick and easy access to the media feeds that can trap you into swiping. Solve this by removing your cell phone from your writing space. Every time you check that Messenger conversation or Instagram feed is a time that you prevent your mind from focusing on the task at hand.

Beware: Social media is not the only form of distraction from your art. Your latest book addiction or Netflix show can be just as debilitating. When it comes down to it, writing requires self-control. 

2. Free Writing!

According to Wikipedia, free writing is writing “continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic.” Write whatever comes to mind, whether that’s the recipe for an ice cream sundae or a shopping list.

What you produce in free writing is not meant to contribute to your story. It is simply a tool, because mindless writing can free the mind. 

3. Step Away & Do Something Else

This one’s pretty straight forward. Just take a break.

4. M-O-V-E. 

Flaw of the Writing Passion: It involves little to no physical activity. When you get in a rut, just get up and stretch. Walk outside. Do a back-flip, if you can. And if you don’t have the space or place to do any of those things, just pacing can get those creative juices flowing. 

A Key Point!

Your writing success depends on your brain. And your mental health is linked to your physical, emotional, social, and all-of-the-above health. You must take care of yourself. Eat a balanced diet that provides your body with enough nutrients. Stay mobile, stay hydrated, & SLEEP.

And give your soul some love. Pray & meditate, cultivate healthy relationships, and steer clear of those toxic influences–whether they be objects or people.

At the end of the day…

Writer’s block and writer’s sludge can both be conquered by furiously applying one very liberating concept:

write without fear. edit without mercy. #amwriting
Source: ABC Copywriting. Pinterest.

Write, no matter how crappy it sounds. You’re going to fix it later. But right now, you’re writing.

So enjoy the journey and just write. 

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