When You Just Can’t Write

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Have you ever had those times when you just can’t seem to get a single word down?

I’m not just talking about writer’s block here – I mean those days when you want to write and fully intend to get something done on your WIP, only to get to the end of the day and realise that you never got a chance to write. Maybe it happens again and again until you’re not even sure if you’re worthy enough to be called a writer.

First of all, you are still worthy. Secondly, you’re not alone. I’ve been feeling like this quite a bit lately. For a month or two, I had a pretty great schedule where I’d go out early on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings to work on my WIPs. But recently, it just hasn’t been working out. I got busy with work, I had to catch up with blog posts, chores piled up, and there were lots of events to attend like birthday parties and family outings. It really started to frustrate me. How could I ever finish my books if I didn’t get to work on them? To be honest, I still haven’t completely figured it out. I might need to change my writing schedule – trying to write a little each day rather than a big chunk three days a week.

Whatever my solution is, I know I’m probably not the only one feeling this way. We’re in the final third of the year now and everyone is busy. So as you try to find the time and motivation to write, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Set a consistent time to write

Make it an appointment you have to show up for. Maybe the scheduled time will vary based on what day it is, but just do it. Set aside even just thirty minutes to write your heart out whenever you can.

2. Even one word is a success

Some writing sessions are more fruitful than others, so go into your session with the mindset that no matter how much you write, you’ve written something, and that’s a success. You can even set two goals for yourself: one word count goal a bit under what you can comfortably reach, and one word count goal that’s a bit over your average. No matter which goal you reach, you’ll have met a goal! And if you reach the higher one, then all the better!

3. Try brain foods

Try having a brain-healthy snack or drink during or just before your writing session. These are just a few foods and drinks that can give your brain a boost:

  • Nuts
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Whole grains
  • Eggs
  • Veggies like spinach, kale, broccoli, and carrots
  • Coffee
  • Tea (especially matcha)

4. Write to some music

Music has been proven time and time again to improve productivity and brain function – likely because it simply puts you in a good mood! So find a good playlist, hit shuffle, and get to work. Instrumental music is the only kind I can listen to while writing because listening to words and thinking up words at the same time is just way too confusing! Try different genres and see what kind of music is the most helpful for you while writing.

5. Change your setting

No, I won’t stop talking about this. Getting out and experiencing the world is what fuels our creativity. If you’re feeling stuck or just can’t write at home, go out to a park or a coffee shop and try writing there. Chances are it’ll make a huge difference!

However you decide to up your writing game, I hope you find that sweet spot in your schedule where you can write consistently and well. Let’s work on this together!

Happy writing!
-E.J.


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