Welcome back to another scintillating week of Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth. I’ll be talking today about what to do when the words won’t come. This is something that I’ve personally been doing battle with for some time.
I’ll do it tomorrow…
Not sure what direction I’m going to go with this story. Let me think about it.
What’s the point? No one reads it anyway.
Ugh. I make no money and spend so much time doing this. I’m upside down cost-wise, before I even get the book written.
Etc, etc. Blah.
These excuses and a litany of others. That’s the kind of stuff that flows through your mind as a writer. You wonder whether it’s worth it. Gonna be honest. Some days it’s a losing proposition for me. Especially lately.
There are a few different things that I tend to do when I get down in the dumps.
- Talk to a friend/group of friends. It’s even better if they’re writers, too!
- Lay down and listen to some music, preferably in the dark. (Beware of napping too hard)
- Change of scenery. Go to a place you don’t normally write.
- Mentally recharge. Take a few days to do nonsense. Or nothing at all.
- Read a book. (Outside of your genre, preferably)
- Skip the section you’re working on and move to another that suits your mood. (This works well if I have a spat with hubs. I write an emotionally charged scene and then track back once I’m feeling less pissy.)
- Write the scene you see most clearly in your mind, and work your way backward from there.
- Write. Even if it’s nonsense, don’t let yourself get so rusty you don’t know where to begin.
I’ve been finding all kinds of different tricks to get myself in the mood to write over the last few months. Slowly, but surely, I’ve been able to piece together the majority of a novel.
Suffering from a lack of time, lack of motivation, frustrating writer’s block, and a litany of other things is no excuse to not get your words in. Ultimately, they’re always in there. You just have to unbury them every so often. 😉