How to write when you don’t want to write

This isn’t a post filled with brilliant advice.  It’s just me trying to be helpful in any way I can.  🙂

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All writers have their moments when they don’t want to write.  Or maybe they want to write but they don’t know what to write.  (That is often referred to as writer’s block; I myself do not believe there is such a thing as writer’s block.  I prefer “lack of inspiration”).

So what can you do to avoid Lack of Inspiration/Writer’s Block?

There is no tried and true method, but here are a some ideas that I hope will help someone out there.

  1. First, pray for inspiration.
  2. Read a book or listen to a song that inspires you!
  3. Try to imagine your favorite scene from your WIP.  Picture the action, or emotion that you are trying to capture.
  4. Just write.  Anything that comes to mind.  It often helps to just get things down on paper!  Editing comes later. 😉
  5. Take a break.  Put aside your work.  Either stop writing completely for a day or two, or work on another project.
  6. Drop something surprising into your work!  Something that even you didn’t expect.  Something that will liven up the story and make you want to keep writing (and your readers keep reading).
  7. EDIT–that is, something I thought of later:  Chocolate.  Every two hundred words you get you can eat some chocolate.  Dark is the best–like 85 or 88%.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my tips. 🙂

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Happy writing!


9 thoughts on “How to write when you don’t want to write

  1. Penny Wood April 17, 2019 / 11:03 am

    This helped me get back writing when I had been in a rut for more than a month!! Thank you so much! 💕
    Love your blog, btw! ❤

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  2. Nigerian Patriot June 3, 2019 / 10:34 am

    found helpful tips in your post on dealing with the infamous writer’s block. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hety Eliot June 23, 2020 / 1:25 am

    For me, the biggest obstacle is fear and putting too much pressure on myself.

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    • Molly G. July 7, 2020 / 1:31 am

      Hi Hetty,
      I’m no expert in the writing field–this post was just some ideas I’ve had about it. I don’t know what kind of fear you have, if it’s fear of failing or what. I don’t know what relationship you have with writing, whether it’s something you love and do for fun, or if it’s something you feel obliged to do. If it’s for fun, don’t put pressure on yourself. If you WANT to do it, then just enjoy it. Write just 200 words in a day if that’s all you can get in, but make them the best words you can. I hope that this helps. 🙂

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      • Hetty Eliot July 7, 2020 / 2:16 am

        Thank you so much for your encouragement. You are right, it’s important to remember to have fun! Otherwise we just get consumed with fear. At least having fun while being afraid is something 😂

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