How To Write When Uninspired

Sometimes there’s nothing coming to mind when you sit at your computer. You’ve psyched yourself up to write, but when push comes to shove, your mind is completely blank.

‘How can my mind be blank if I’m thinking about it being blank?’ you may ask yourself. Well my friend, it’s easy to find yourself in a rut especially when you’re on a deadline (looking at you NaNoWriMo).

One of the easiest methods to get out of a writing rut is to do exactly that, write. Yes, it’s that easy. Yes, it’s also that hard. Forcing yourself to write can be as difficult as forcing yourself to walk on two broken ankles. It’s painful, uncomfortable, but in the end it will help you begin to dig yourself out of your writing-less hole. The best part to this tactic is that you don’t even have to force yourself to work on your novel. Write anything, from a children’s story about the pencil on your desk, to a reflective essay on how hurt you were when someone stole the last piece of pizza.

Another tactic is to change your routine. If you always write at 2pm on Thursdays in your living room, try writing at sunset in a local park on a Monday. It might get your creative juices flowing just by being in a new, inspiring environment. Even if you switch up one variable (like writing in your living room at 2pm on a Tuesday instead), it can produce results more than just staring at the screen.

One more tactic that may not even sound like a real tactic is to write when you’re inspired. You’re in the shower and you think of the best opening to your novel, hop out and ask Siri to text it to yourself. You’re making a sandwich and you come up with a great descriptive of a feast, jot it down on a napkin. I will always either have a notebook or my phone on me at any given time, and since I use Google Docs for my writing, I always have some way of writing if I get inspired. If you wake up in the middle of the night at your dream was a brilliant beginning or end to a novel, you write that idea down immediately instead of hoping you remember in the morning.

Basically, if you’re stuck, just write yourself out of the rut. It honestly works; I sat at this blank blog post for hours before coming up with this idea, and then sat another hour thinking of what to say. I said screw it and began and here I am, ending the post.

In the words of the great Shia LaBeouf, JUST DO IT.

Stay creative my friends,

Dana