Multiple readers said that last week’s post was encouraging/helpful and revitalized their writing life. (Thanks for commenting btw, you know who you are.) Anyway, after posting I realized I had missed not one or two, but four more methods for writing revitalization. (That’s a thing, right?) Anyway, here are four more practical tips to help you revive your writing passion.
Talk to others
Yes, I know that other people are scary, but sometimes we have to do scary things. The idea here is to talk to someone who is at a writing ‘peak’ and who is enjoying their writing so much that they can’t stop talking about it. Listen to them, get excited with them, feed off their energy, and know that you can get there too. As you talk about their story, let your mind run wild with ideas for both of yours. Share what you think with them, maybe get some of their thoughts on your current story idea. Mostly, just remember what it’s like to be excited about writing, and then get pumped!
If you don’t know how to start a conversation, or you don’t know any other writers, you can also read for this type of inspiration. Reading other’s finished works always gets me excited. When I read a convincing plot twist, or a character’s reaction, I get excited and wonder how I can capture the same emotion in my novel.
Finally, if you’re lost in the fairy-woods with no one to talk to and nothing to read, use your imagination. Face it, we’re writers; we talk to ourselves all the time. We tell ourselves stories and twist silent tales, like legends of old. If all else fails, just do that more. Sure, it’s not a good as talking to another writer, but hey, you’re a writer too… what do you have to say?
Ask for outside advice
I’m not necessarily talking about asking for critiques, but outside advice is a wonderful thing. Maybe just give someone your first chapter. Ask them for one specific strength and one specific weakness of your story. Now, remember those notes you took last week which became your battle-plan of a to-do list? Add whatever your readers says to those notes. Make sure they’re specific. It could be something as simple as “you use too many “I”s or it may be a touch more complicated. But whatever the case, make sure you write down a specific, defined task which can be accomplished, and then checked off the list.
Don’t squelch all your fun
As soon as writing is the thing you do when you could be hanging out with friends, playing sports, reading Lord of the Rings, sketching, or whatever else it is that you do, then writing is going to suffer as well. Not that you should always set your writing aside to do something fun, but once you’ve met your goal for the day, be sure to allow yourself to have fun. You don’t want your writing to be what you do instead of the fun things you want to do, at least not all the time. Set your goal and achieve your goals, but don’t kill yourself by writing all the time. Stay diligent and balanced.
Write Short Stories
Do what? No, I write novels, not short stories. Well, so did I. The problem is that novels are so long. Sure, it feels good when you finish a chapter, but as soon as you’re done with chapter 1, you have to write chapter 2. And once you’re done with chapter 2, you must move on to chapter 3. (It’s a cruel world, right?) Well, anyway, sometimes many writers get discouraged just because they don’t know how good it feels to finish something, anything. It’ is very hard to keep working at something that never ends, so take a break and give yourself an achievable goal. There are many other reasons for writers to try short stories, so give it a try.
Hopefully, with these eight tips under your belt, you can reclaim the passion you once had for what you love to do. Consistency is key, and you’ll learn to love it as you work at it. Let us know how you’re doing in the comments below! And if this post helped you, be sure to share it with other writers who might be ready for an encouraging word!