When Writing is Tough by Wendy H. Jones

As writers we picture ourselves sitting at a computer keyboard or with a pen in our hands. The writing flows from our pens effortlessly and every word is a gem or a nugget of gold. Our Magnus opus is ready before we know it and good to go after the first draft.

Then we open our eyes and reality thumps us right between those very same baby blues. Whilst there are times when writing seems flawless and words drip from our pens, there are often times when it feels more like a battle. Our words are dragged out screaming like a baby from the womb. Who can identify with this? I can bet you've got your hand up as you read. if not, I'm delighted for you, and please share your tips on how to achieve this, in the comments below. Seriously, I mean it.

In the past I have written blogs on what to do when this happens. You can check the previous one out here These are fabulous tips on how to get going, and I stand by them. They will help you no end.

However, sometimes your brain just needs to recharge and reset itself. Recently I've been busy with so many things to do with GDPR and building new websites that my brain is fried. There's not one atom of space left for a creative thought to sneak in. I am sure that many of you reading this will feel the same. Outside influences and urgent matters cram our heads leaving no room for cogent thought.

My advice to you today is simple. Take time off. If this fills you with horror as you can't imaging taking any time away from your writing, then I'm not talking about a six week holiday here. Even one day can make a difference.

On that day do things you enjoy - read a book, go swimming, go for a walk, cycle ride or run. Whatever helps you to relax do that for a day. Take time to take in the life around you. The picture at the top of the blog is to remind you there is a world out there. A world away from writing. I feel calm and a lot less pressured just staring that that photo.

So, take a deep breath, step away from the screen and do something different. Your brain will thank you for it.

Wendy H Jones, President of the Scottish Association of Writers, is the Amazon Number 1 best-selling author of the award winning DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Her first Young Adult Mystery, The Dagger’s Curse was a finalist in the Woman Alive Readers Choice Award. She is also an international public speaker, and runs conferences and workshops on writing, motivation and marketing. Wendy is the founder of Crime at the Castle, Scotland’s newest Crime Festival. She is also the editor of a Lent Book, published by the Association of Christian Writers.


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Umberto Tosi said…
Feeling it often. Good advice. We can always use a little encouragement to do what's counterintuitive but best. Thanks, Wendy.
Anonymous said…
So reassuring to know everyone struggles like this. That wonderful stream of inspiration flowing freely down the pen ... er, where? Coleridge famously wrote the first part of Kubla Khan this way before being interrupted by the Man From Porlock - but I can't think of any other examples worth reading!

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