Today’s writing hint was inspired by this post written by a fellow writer. Basically her topic dealt with what to do when you find yourself overwhelmed by your own writing. I am sure every writer gets “stuck” from time to time. The question is – how do you get “un-stuck”?
Here are a few of the things I do to get going again:
I read – Anything and everything. Immersing myself in a book can help my own words to flow.
I go back and read what I have written – Oftentimes going back and reading previous scenes will spark new ideas.
I fall in love with my characters all over again – If I don't write their story, no one will.
I revise – Revising scenes shows the potential of the story and helps me to get back in the right frame of mind to write.
I outline new ideas – Plotting new scenes, concentrating on world-building, etc., can get things going again.
I work on another project - This is why I like having two novels to work on simultaneously. If I am stumped in one, I can work on the other. When I return to the first, I have all sorts of new ideas after my short break. Sometimes leaving a manuscript alone for a couple of days can make a huge difference.
I write - Even when things seem overwhelming and my brain is fried, I try to make myself sit down and write *something.* Even if that something is only a sentence or two.
I remember the joy - This is the most important thing. If I think of why I began writing in the first place (the love, the joy, the *need*) things don't seem as overwhelming anymore.
What are your own thoughts? What do you do to motivate yourself when you find yourself overwhelmed by your writing?