How to Get out of a Writing Slump

You did not wake up today to be mediocre.

-Creative Yoga Journal

I’m in a slump.

Not that I don’t know what to write about; the thing is I have too many book ideas, WIP, and projects and I want to achieve them all at the same time because I love them all so much, and since I have terrible organizing skills, I end up feeling utterly overwhelmed and I don’t make progress in any of these goals.

Anyone else ever feels like that?

To be honest with you guys, I’ve been feeling like that for more than a month now, and I want it to stop.

I want out of the slump.

I woke up this morning with the firm intention of not going through another day like that, and I stumbled upon this amazing article that totally gave me back my motivation, or at least made me realize that it’s okay to lose it sometimes.

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The article gives you 16 ways to get off your butt when you’re in a slump. (Not just a writing slump, though that’s from that perspective that I read it since my goals are about writing.) The main idea is to go one goal at a time, in order to get better and faster success. Here are my two favorite tips they give:

  1. Build anticpation. They suggest not to start working on your goal right away (which I always do), and instead to mark a Start Date on you calendar. That way you make it even more important, and you can gradually get ready to officially begin until then.
  2. Commit publicly. Tell people about your goal. Post about it, or tweet, or whatever you prefer. Like they put it, We will go the extra mile to do something we’ve said publicly. And so I’m sharing today my current goal with you guys.

I want my book to get published this year.


I sound silly writing this, and I’m downright terrified not to succeed now that this post is published out there in the scary world. But because of that I’m definitely going to work harder until I accomplish it.

So that’s it for me.

Hopefully this helped you find motivation if you lost it, and I hope you’ll take a minute to read the article if you haven’t because it’s truly inspiring. (At least it helped me get my shit together.)

At first they will ask why you’re doing it. Then they will ask how you did it.

-Unknown

Thanks for reading everyone!

Have you ever had a slump?

What helps you get out of it?

Let me know in the comments!

Have a wonderful week!

 

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  1. Good luck! I totally know what you mean with having too many ideas. Sometimes I feel like I’m being pulled in a dozen directions at once, and like picking one direction means I’m going to miss out on all the others! But whenever that happens I force myself to take a step back, organize my thoughts on each idea competing for attention, and commit to one. It’s all about convincing myself that the others can wait, and, like you said above, focusing 🙂

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    1. Haha XD. Well, sometimes I’m so deep into slumps and unmotivated that I think maybe I am just lazy, haha. But it’s really just because I forgot why the dream matters to me so much. I need to get myself excited about the dream and the results again, and suddenly I’m a motivation machine haha.

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  2. Very wise and timely for me as well. I’m in the process of writing an action plan as part of an assignment. 18 months, 12 months, 6 months, it’s really making me think but at the same time it’ll be good to have a plan.

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    1. It is good to have a plan! I think part of the reason why I’m in this slump is that I’d perfectly planned out 2017, and I’ve accomplished the majority of my goals for that year, but I haven’t written an action plan for 2018, yet I doubled the amount of goals. Haha, this was doomed to failure.

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  3. I think I’m in a slump right now. It would be really great to get my novel finished by the end of the year too! I find setting goals for yourself really helps and even daily goals. Good luck getting through the slump!!

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    1. Thank you! Daily goals definitely help, but I often make the mistake of setting too many of them, so it always ends up that I can’t finish them all and I feel like I fail every day. (Which leads to the slump!) I’m slowly learning that baby steps can actually be a faster route to my goals! Good luck to you too, Charlotte! 🙂

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  4. I have been in the worst writing slump for weeks now and it’s killing me! I am definitely going to check out that article because I need some motivation right now. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  5. Congratulations on stating your goal, Audrey!! I look forward to celebrating the publishing of your book! 📖 🎉 My latest blog post is about one of my favorite book quotes: “Desire is the fuel of creators, and when we have that, motivation will come in its wake.” Definitely applicable to getting out of a slump!! ☺️

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