The Insecure Writer's Support Group
OPTIONAL June 1 question - When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start?
When The Going Gets Tough
When the going gets tough for me, I get going by:
- Going for a walk/bike ride.
- Getting on my feet and stretching.
- Cleaning something - if this doesn't make me want to write more, it's a super tough day.
- Singing, dancing, moving somehow.
- Changing the scene I'm writing.
- Creating a list of questions about what I'm writing to help me consider all possible angles.
- Changing the project I'm working with. I have a bouncy brain and sometimes I get more done in the course of a week by allowing myself to change up the projects I'm working on. It might go something like this each day: Project 1 - 25 minutes, stretch 5, 25 more minutes. Later (after other life stuff) - Project 2 - 25 minutes, stretch 5, 25 more minutes. Even later (if possible) - Project 3 - 25 minutes, stretch 20, then Project 4 - 25 minutes. That's actually my favorite schedule.
- Reading something completely different from what I'm writing, like poetry, or a craft book that inspires me but doesn't make me feel as if I need to change my current WIPs on their heads and make them walk on their hands. I found one of those craft books last year, put it on my wish list, and received it for Christmas. I have been pleasantly inspired by Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury, certainly not a new title, but one that always inspires me to write.
- Sometimes, I do read those craft books that make me flip my WIPs upside down and get them dancing to a different tune.
One tried and true method which has helped me, whether any of these others do is to celebrate the work I have done, good or bad.
Taking time to see the work already done as an accomplishment, reminding myself that it is, and celebrating it accordingly, usually puts me in a healthier, happier mindset about writing, which means I can return to it.
To read more about why I decided I needed to celebrate, go here: Writing Productivity: Why celebrate every word and moment? – Tyrean’s Tales (tyreanstales.com)