Slumps. Bad days. Writer's block.
Whatever you wanna call them.
Be you a blogger, novelist, or poet... we all get 'em, and they STINK. But today, I'm here to share all the tips and tricks I have pulled together and found to work over the years!
Before we begin, remember that inspiration comes in different ways to different people, but I've got a hodgepodge of ideas, so one is bound to help, right? ;)
Use writing prompts
This may sound like a no-brainer, and maybe it is, but it's a good place to start.
Sometimes, you're just stuck. Stuck on a chapter, stuck on a post, stuck on a line. And sometimes, you just need to step back, find something new and fresh to write, and remind yourself why you love writing so much. Let's face it: sometimes we get so stuck, writing doesn't even seem fun anymore (but we usually do it anyway because we're writers and we just have to... it's in our blood and bones!) and it helps to work on something short, light, and fun. Just take a day or two off of your project (be it novel, post, or poem) and write something based off of a prompt that really interests you.
(You can find some of my favorite prompts, here.)
Change your font color
I talked a little bit about this in my post about killing perfectionism. If you change your font to white, you can't see your errors which it keeps you writing without stopping to fix things. But if you're confident that your level of perfectionism won't harm your precious novel, then I recommend another method.
Each day you write, change your font color to something fun.
"You're crazy, Abbey," you say.
No, really! It works, guys!
You see, I did this back during the first draft of my novel, and it really helped a lot. I would write on, let's say, Monday, with the font in purple. Tuesday, I would write in pink, and with the two colors contradicting, I could see that I wrote way more on Monday, and so I kept going until there was more pink than purple. Then, blue, green, brown, red... I even got creative and chose colors that matched the mood of the scene I was working on :)
I've never used this in blogging or poetry, but if you can figure out how, let me know ;)
Mix up your surroundings
This one works really well for me in all areas of writing, including journaling.
Sometimes, you just have to change up your environment. Move from your room to the kitchen table, the couch, or the patio. Visit a coffee shop or go to the library. Going outside to write during the fall is my favorite inspiration supplier; accompanied by....
It is scientifically proven that chocolate helps you think! Eat it, and don't even feel guilty! It's brain food, you're a writer, and you need it! With that being proven, surely all foods that taste good are brain food! I recommend ice cream. Or pie.
Beverages are awesome, too! Tea, coffee (specifically a pumpkin spice latté), chocolate milk, hot cocoa...
Read good books
A good book can really help you to step back and take a break from your writing, as well as encourage you. Often times after reading a book I love, I'm inspired to go and write something so lovable for myself.
Buy new office supplies
New journals, pens, planners, labels… anything I can use to file ideas and such, inspire me to be productive. I love journals <3
So there you have it! My tried and true methods for writing slumps... what about you? Share your secrets below!