Brain Drain

19 Jul

Perhaps you can relate to being a lean mean writing machine and know what it’s like to keep writing, story after story, forcing the words out of your brain so that you have that first draft on paper. And that’s a good thing, don’t get me wrong. Even my pet dragons are proud of my ninja writing skills, but it took me a while to realise that creativity, even though it can be forced, is like a battery that needs recharging. Yes, I take the famous WRITING BREAK, but that doesn’t mean the battery can suddenly die on me. *activate panic mode*

The writing blues. It just takes time. If your mind is out of words, fill them with other words and read a book (preferably something in the genre you’re writing in). Go for a walk, hang out with friends, drink yourself silly. Okay, maybe that last one isn’t that wise, but just do something fun to take your mind off any creative shenanigans.

After you’ve taken a little break, even if it’s just one day, you can also ease into the creative roller coaster by first taking a ride on the short story bike. That should get the creative ball rolling before you strap yourself back to your own story. Don’t wait too long, or you risk getting too scared to even start again. The thing is, once your battery is charged you just have to keep going. First drafts are the hardest, they are your blueprint and therefore also the most important. No, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be written.

I set a timer for 25 minutes and write non-stop. Then I take a break for about an hour, then do the same thing. Works wonders. And if you are the kind of writer who revises along the way, then you can read back what you wrote at the end of the day and see if you like where it’s heading, it might spark more ideas and BAM, before you know it, your story practically writes itself.

Just don’t give up and don’t talk yourself out of it. JUST READ, WRITE AND TAKE MINI BREAKS!

There’s a beautiful story in you, waiting to get out. Only you can write your own story.

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