Writing is Hard by Grace
We’re all going to say this phrase at least once in our lifetime. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing: a novel, essay, thesis, poem: we’re going to experience the difficulty. Whether it’s writing blocks, slumps, laziness, inconsistencies in exercising our talent, or long periods of brain droughts, there are plenty of motives that will bring us to this point: sometimes writing is hard. We have an incredible concept on the tip of our tongue, but we don’t know how to execute on paper or in our word document. We have a topic to write for English class, but nothing brilliantly spectacular sparks forth from your fingertips.
Don’t let this discourage you! Sometimes we’ll get in those slumps with no clue what to write about, who to write for, and how to make it original. This writing block can be torn down, however, with a few simple tips.
When you’re in a writing slump, it doesn’t even matter what you have to write or want to write, just start by describing an object. A few years ago in my middle school Language Arts class, we watched a video of an author who said that when he was in a writing block, he would just start describing his shoes in his writing. It’s more than likely you’ll never use that specific description for anything, but the fact you’re exercising your writing muscles and your brain juices are flowing will guarantee a kick start in writing. Write as detailed as you can.
This was a pre-Internet tip, but now we have all sorts of means of inspiration and aid at the click of a mouse. Use writing prompts. You may find these writing prompts useful not only in the sense of exercising those muscles, but in creating a totally new idea for a topic you could write. Carve 20 minutes out of your day to write using writing prompts, whether it be from the Creative Writing blog, Pinterest, or other writing websites you could find with a simple Google search.
Edit Older WIPs (work in progresses). This I find most helpful. If you have saved projects on your computer you’ve abandoned over the years (like me), go back to them and start editing them. You may find yourself inspired to pick them up and start working on them again, or see how you can better the style, plot line, from your own knowledge you’ve gained since writing them.
Listen to music, go outside, search high and low for that inspiration! You’re bound to find the key to getting out of that slump, but you’ll never do until you actually make an effort. Search for writerly friends to help you. Use the power of scheduling to force you to write, reward yourself with Internet time or whatever you like to indulge in when you’ve successfully written something. Those may sound like silly tips, but many writers have found them effective in pulling them out of that slump. If you really want to get out of it, you’d do anything! 😉
The most important tip is don’t give up. Sometimes we let ourselves give in to the struggle too easily. As a writer, this is unacceptable. We can’t let these slumps and droughts completely rob us of our talent. It’s the inevitable doom that will reach us at one point of our lives, and no matter how much we exhaust the topic of writer’s block, we know it exists. Don’t let it win!