Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5 Ways to Fall Back in Love With Writing

So, you're burnt out from writing. No, your fingers may not be sore (well, unless you've been typing for hours upon hours upon hours). But maybe you've been working on the same story for weeks, months, perhaps even years, and you can't even remember why you started in the first place. You're forcing yourself to finish only because you know that you need to, however your passion for the story diminished long ago.

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Yes, you do need to push yourself, even when you aren't feeling motivated or inspired. 
But that doesn't mean it's okay to fall out of love with your story.

When we come across these stumbling blocks, it is possible to overcome them. Below are ways you can fall back in love with your writing, which will hopefully give you fresh inspiration and new momentum for your writing: 
  1. Make sure you're writing a story you love. If you weren't in love with your story to begin with, then perhaps you need to write one that you are passionate about. Or maybe you can work with your plot, setting, and characters so that your story becomes one you love. 
  2. Take it one step at a time. Often, when I realize on how much more work I still have left on my book, I become overwhelmed. My joy for writing fades as I focus on the treacherous mountain up ahead. When this happens to you, pretend as if the mountain isn't there. Only focus on what you should get done today. If you do this, you won't view your writing time with dread; in fact, you may even conquer the mountain without even knowing how it happened!
  3. Create a premise, characters, and a setting that you love. Recently, while I brainstormed my next book, I found myself not as enthusiastic about writing it as I was with my other two books. So I asked myself: Why did I have such an eagerness to write (and finish) my other two books? The answer: I created a premise, characters, and a setting that I was passionate about. I couldn't wait to write because I longed to be in the story and even express myself through my protagonist. 
  4. View your writing time as a hobby and not just your job. When I was a kid, I wrote constantly. Not necessarily because I wanted to finish a book, but because writing was my favorite way to spend my free time. It was similar to playing Barbies. I found a thrill in being able to create a story just by putting pencil to paper. When you write your first draft, pretend as if you're doing it for yourself only. Fall back in love with the reason you start writing. View it as a hobby, not just your job. 
  5. Create a Pinterest board. This is one of my favorite ways to stay inspired. Create a board on Pinterest (public or private) that is specifically for your book. You can pin pictures, quotes, and lyrics that have inspired your book, or photos of your characters, setting, etc. And whenever you do come across a time when you just aren't as enthusiastic about you story, open your Pinterest board. Place yourself in the story and remind yourself of why you love it. Then open your Word document and start writing. (Click here Purple Moon's Pinterest board.)
Yes, you may have a love/hate relationship with your craft. And that's okay. But instead of thinking of all the reasons why you should give up, instead go back to the first time you fell in love with writing. 

If you aren't passionate about your story, then why should your readers?

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Have you ever fallen out of love with your story? How do you usually try to become passionate about writing again?
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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU TESSA!!!! =D I SO NEEDED THIS!!! I loved my NaNo novel, so I thought I would be quite enthusiastic about editing it. But, then I wrote Painted Skies, I want to always be with that one now. I will definitely try these ideas before just giving up for now. THANK YOU TESSA!!!

    TW Wright

    1. Haha, I'm glad I could help, TW! Let me know if you find any of these tips helpful.

      Also, I love the title Painted Skies! =)

      God bless!

  2. I really like the pintest idea and writing what you love. I've discovered that one myself. I had the idea for a story which had a good plot but I didn't like it and it was torture trying to write it.

  3. I've been playing around with Pinterest story boards, and have found it a lot of fun.
    Thank you for the great tips!

  4. This post was right on time. Thanks, Tessa! :)

  5. I love this! Thanks so much! It's so easy for me to become overwhelmed when writing. I think of all I have left and my head starts spinning! I really like the Pinterest idea too. I'm on there all the time anyways...what's one more board?

  6. Great post Tessa! I don't really fall out of love with a story until I'm editing it. That's when I start getting sick of it and having to make myself work on it. I've found if I break it up into goals it helps. Like right now I am editing two chapters a week. It probably doesn't sound like much but for me that's about as much as I can do on a regular basis.


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