Writing Tips

Feeling Resistance When You Sit Down to Write?

Sometimes when you sit down to write, you’re excited and ready to get words on the page. Other times, not so much. Here are some quick tips to get you writing when you’re feeling inner resistance!

  1. Get up and move your body instead; endorphins = energy and ideas
  2. Have a plan; if you know what you need to write next, it helps you get it done rather than relying on your inspiration to hit at the right time
  3. Give yourself a pep talk: remind yourself of your accomplishments before or what you know you can do
  4. Set a timer for 15 minutes and tell yourself that you only have to write for that time then you get a reward
  5. 5-minute Pinterest allowance to inspire story content
  6. Remind yourself of any goals or challenges you’ve set for yourself and why
  7. Use a prompt and write something random for 2, 5, 10 minutes
  8. Read something; if you’re not writing, at least read (it could inspire you, or educate you, or entertain you! Just don’t watch TV)
  9. Go through your notes to reinspire you about your story; or read over the last scene you wrote
  10. Journal in a stream of consciousness
  11. Speak to any writing buddies (or non-writing buddies) for a pick me up
  12. Do what I’m doing right now (blogging!)
  13. Forget goals and rules, just aim to write SOMETHING, ANYTHING!
  14. Remember why you started; write that down where you can see it
  15. Just start, even if you write the dumbest sentence ever (it can be deleted in revisions!)

There you have it, some quick ideas on how to get writing when you don’t feel up to it. Good luck and happy writing!


S. xx

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