How to Get Back into Writing

Life happens. Maybe you got scheduled extra hours at work or maybe the kids got sick or maybe you had a social event you couldn’t skip. Either way you missed a day of writing, then two, then many. Before you knew it you were out of the writing groove and unsure of how to get back into things. Luckily there are some different things you can do to get back into writing.

  • Don’t beat yourself up. Guilt about not writing or whether you’re any good kills productiveness. Don’t give into guilt.
  • Get back into writing mode by reading. Pay attention to the words and mechanisms the author is using. Reading is a great teacher.
  • Start writing. This is the most important step. Set a timer for 15 minutes and freewrite or write about a character in your WiP. This doesn’t have to go into your story, it’s just to get the words and ideas flowing. Journal about how you’re struggling or about your goals for this week. Just write.
  • Give yourself permission to write badly and keep going. All your sentences seem clunky and awkward and that’s okay. Keep writing. You can always edit a bad page, you can’t edit a blank page.
  • Do writing sprints. Write as much as you can for 10 minutes. Find a writing buddy to do challenge with. Take a break and then start again. Pretty soon the words will flow on their own.
  • Sit down to write every day. Make writing a habit and establish a routine.

Welcome back to writing. What tips do you have for getting back into the writing groove? Share below and happy writing!

Julia

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