When You Have Nothing to Say

 

KEEP CALM (1)

I love blogs. As a writer, when I have trouble with my WIP (or work-in-progress), I search Pinterest for information on characterization, point-of-view (POV), or anything else I am am struggling with. I gain a lot of insight and value from the many authors who are sharing their knowledge on writing.

I encourage everyone to check out K.M. Weiland’s blog Helping Writers Become Authors. 

So, when I decided to start my own blog, my main two reasons were: to share my experience as I work on my novels and, perhaps, to gain invaluable experience myself that will aid my own writing process.

Just Write

Before I started this blog, I had pushed my first draft of my WIP to the wayside. (Giving your writing space is good for the creative process; otherwise, you might get fed up and scrap the whole thing.) But I wanted to do something in the meantime. I needed another creative outlet to delve into, or I would go crazy.

I didn’t feel like working on my other WIPs, so I picked up my pen and wrote a poem. Is it any good? Who knows. But I felt accomplished. I had finished something. Plus, poetry doesn’t always need structure. There’s a freedom to write any way I want which isn’t always allowed in novels. But when I go back to my WIP, I know that the emotions that are produced by my poems can be imputed into my writing, and I believe my work be so much better in the end.

Be Creative

Of course there are many ways that you can continue to hone your writing skills:

  • Write in a journal
  • Take up a writing challenge
  • Read a book in a different genre (something you wouldn’t normally read)

Old Books

The important thing is to have fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself, do something else.

If I’m not in the mood to write, I paint or make a book (bookbinding is cathartic). Pinterest is a great resource to check out when you’re stumped. I love to look at artwork for inspiration on new ideas. Just don’t let it completely take over your day!

Blogging has become my new creative outlet, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Thoughts?

What do you do to stay in a creative mindset?

 

 

 

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