Sometimes, life gets in the way, or I just don't feel like writing. I know I should write every day. I also know that the longer I stay away from my work in progress (WIP), the longer it takes to get back into the groove. But there are days I don't feel like it. Here are a few ideas to get recharged and back on track.
- Write a blog post. Usually, the act of writing something gets me moving, and then I can return to my WIP.
- Go on a walk or exercise. When the endorphins kick in, the energy level goes up.
- If you sit for long periods of time, It may be time to take a break for a meal or snack. I'm a caffeine junkie, so a recharge may be in order. I have two Jack Russell Terriers, and they let me know when we've been in the office too long.
- Sometimes, I need a day off. Grab your camera and go somewhere for an adventure.
- Take a quick break and do a chore or two. The physical activity changes moods.
- Try a creative project other than writing.
- Find a new place to write. Go somewhere or go outside. A change of scenery is often nice.
- I keep notes for each novel and a character list. Sometimes, I go back and revise these and after a little while, I'm ready to get back to the WIP.
You may need a break, and it's good to get away from your writing project every once in a while. Just don't stay away too long. I'm a binge writer. I work full-time and have an active volunteer life. I try to make time to write every day, but it doesn't always happen. Don't beat yourself up. Take a break when you need it.
What do you do when you need to get away from your writing?