You can’t search for ways to write more as if each day of the year is the same. Some days are longer or shorter than others. Some days are warmer or colder than others. Some days are more eventful than others.
You have to craft a writing strategy that allows you to write more season by season.
Is writer’s block suffocating your writing process? Just not sure what to write next?
If you could use an idea (or seven) to get your story unstuck, keep reading.
Think of a story that you loved reading. Remember how hard the protagonist worked towards the goal? Remember the hardships the hero had to face and conquer before a resolution was reached?
Did you stop reading when the conflict increased? No, that’s the best part!
Now think of writing your story in the same way as a story. Writing is a journey full of multiple drafts, red pens and pondering where to go next.
And journeys are often an experience that’s shared. But when should you share your writing?
Spring is finally here! After a harsh winter filled with dark days, bitter winds and more snow than I prefer, I welcome chirping birds, blooming flowers and earlier sunrises.
Spring is a time for new beginnings. There’s no better time to start developing new writing habits that get you to write more like this spring.
Some days are just harder to write than others. Some days you’d rather be lazy and some days you’d rather sulk.
Is that what a successful writer does?
Even after five years of blogging, I’ve had my moments where I didn’t feel like writing a blog post for next week. Still, I made sure a blog post was published on schedule.
How’d I do it? I changed my mindset.
It’s easy to fall out of reading. Almost too easy.
Perhaps life got in the way. Perhaps you put your reading on pause to accommodate a major event. Perhaps your schedule shifted and you don’t know how to get back into reading.
I’ve been there. I’ve also been able to jump back in.
The beauty of writing is that a story can explore a rainbow of emotions, from fear and contempt to grief and rage.
However, the emotions we conjure up in our writing have a way of bringing us writers down to the point where we stop writing.
That’s neither good for your story nor you.
Don’t let these somber story feelings drag you down. You can stay positive while you write even the most depressing of stories by changing your mindset and your environment. I have seven suggestions to bring back your optimism: