Are there times when you feel like your muse has deserted you? Days when the writing just won’t flow? Don’t despair; there are plenty of methods you can use to pull yourself out of the slump. Here are a few I’ve used:
1. Change your writing routine. If you usually write in the mornings, try moving the time to evening . If you usually write at home in your office or den, move to a favorite coffee shop. This forces your mind to work in a new way and sparks new ideas.
2. Do some people watching. Go to your favorite place like the mall or a park, any place where people gather. Take your laptop or a pen and paper and write character sketches. Listen to the conversations of those around you. Observe their body language and facial expressions. Keep these notes in a file for future reference to help develop new characters.
3. Have an imaginary conversation with your main character. Would they like your favorite place? What would they want to talk about? What did you learn about them?
4. Describe a scene in nature. Take that scene and drop your main character into it. How would they feel while observing this scene? Would they find it comforting? Would they hate it? What new things did you learn about that character?
5. Write a piece of flash fiction. Write down a short list of random words–a proper name, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs–all completely unrelated to each other and use them in the story. Do this in less than 500 words.
6. Write a short story. Take your main character or your villain and start a storyline unrelated to your work in progress. What have learned about your character by doing this? Or did you get an entirely new idea for a book?
What is your method for getting back on track with your writing?