Writer’s blues is inevitable. We’ve all been there, dissatisfied over the snail-like progress of a project, the persistence of writer’s block or doubts about our competence. However with just three steps designed to change the way in which you look at yourself as a writer and your work, you can begin to say farewell to writer’s blues.
Create a mission statement
Just as a company or a school has a mission statement, write one for who you are as a writer. A mission statement is a set of values and objects which tie into one another in order to achieve a particular goal. Your mission statement might look something like this:
I am a Science Fiction writer working on a standalone novel. My aim is to create an in-depth novel with compelling characters and I will achieve this by attending a writer’s workshop and enlisting beta readers during the process. In order to maintain my artistic licence, I will not pressurise myself with deadlines and will work towards an overall attitude to enjoy the organic writing process, however long it may take.
A blogger’s statement may sound a little different:
I am a food blogger who contributes to a lifestyle blog. My aim is to create twice monthly articles on my experiences with food and I will achieve this by frequenting at least two food festivals or markets monthly and taking snapshots alongside notes, adding them to a log. In order to achieve this goal, I will select my content from these logs and upload my articles on the first and third weeks of each month respectively.
See? Each person’s mission statement will look different and writers need to know this. If every writer was privy to this and created their own mission statement, we might be able to write off Writer’s Blues altogether. Instead of putting pressure on ourselves to perform to invisible standards that nobody has of us, we could actually create our own reasonable standards.
Now what might those standards look like I hear you say? My answer is that they need to be both realistic and conducive to your wellbeing. Don’t burn the candle at both ends trying to create a mini-series or thrice weekly blog articles because not only will they burn you out, but consequently your content might also suffer. Instead, evaluate what works best for you, put it in writing and then act on it.
Trust the process (Fiction Writers)
Cast your mind back to a time when CD’s were the most popular format and think about how often some of the most successful music artists used to put out albums. It was about every 2-3 years. Some highly acclaimed artists would have gaps between albums far longer than that but nobody would complain. Want to know why? Because the value placed on their work superseded the need for a quick cheap thrill of a mediocre album from them.
Depending on your genre, the same goes for fiction writers. Lavish over your project, give it that extra time it needs and don’t yield to the pressure of getting it out there for the sake of it.
There’s something romantic and quaint about stepping into that role of writer. Of needing an endless supply of tea or coffee to keep you going, of staring into space in the middle of the day, concocting a scene or that next storyline, pyjama days the list goes on… bask in it all! It’s a beautiful process.
Allow yourself to get lost in other content, guilt free
I am definitely guilty of this. I am a writer and a bookworm but there’s always a battle because whenever I get tucked into a book, at the back of my mind every now and then, a little voice will say, shouldn’t you be writing? Ignore it! Your interests fuel your passion so perusing other content might give you that inspiration or boost that you need once you’re back in the writing seat but don’t feel like you have to choose one or the other. There’s a time for both and both are definitely beneficial.
Say no to writer’s block
Seriously, I mean it. In my article 5 Actions for Writer’s Block I urge readers to reject it completely. By this I mean, if the ideas aren’t coming, put that pen or laptop away and take it out another day. Give your mind the opportunity to generate ideas organically by stepping away for a day, a week, a month. Moreover, don’t be pressurised into performing. It’s this feeling that is at the crux of writer’s blues. Reject it and come back when writing actually feels good again.
I hope these suggestions have been helpful in helping you beat writer’s blues when it rears it’s ugly head. Let me know in the comments whether which of the above steps you would consider using and whether you think a mission statement would help you out!
I’m writing an e-book currently, and am definitely having motivation issues! I need to buckle down and make a schedule I can stick to. It’ll be much easier to write one this kids are in school fulltime. Thanks for all the advice.
It is great that there are methods to beat out the writers blues. I have it once in a while.. I like that there is a mission statement involved. It is helpful in boosting your own self confidence too, own up to your wins! This really defines who you are and what you want. I always try to navigate through pinterest as a way to get inspired. Thanks for sharing these tips!
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While my blog is doing okay I have had writers block for the novel I’ve been working on for many, many months now. It’s the book I always wanted to write but I just don’t feel like I can do it justice!
This has been really helpful though, some really good ideas that I’m going to try out and hopefully get past this hurdle!
These are good tips – especially the one for bloggers, thanks for sharing! I try to schedule all my blog posts in advance – it means that when I do get time at the computer I can decide if I’m feeling the urge to write posts, or if I just want to respond to comments or read other blogs! it works well as I write when I feel I want to.
Hope that you are having a lovely weekend 🙂
These are all such great tips to beat the writer’s blues! Thanks so much for sharing!
I’ve had writers block for ages! But, like you said, I take a step back from it and give my mind time to come up with new ideas. Great post.
Thank you! Thank you! What great tools for encouragement!
Trust the process is a big one for me… If I just put a single word on paper it’s amazing how magic can happen and an unrealized topic develops
Writers block isn’t something I tend to struggle with often but rather I find myself in similar style slumps. Like since January this year I’ve just been letting my blog be and haven’t posted much at all or interacted with the community. I’m setting targets for April to get back into it all ♥️
This is such a great post to beat writer’s blues. I will have to implement this next time I feel that way! Thanks for sharing,
I’m glad you found it useful!
I never thought about writing a mission statement. That’s smart. It can also give me some goals to strive for. And you’re right allowing yourself to get lost in other content is important. I think we all feel a little guilty sometimes for taking much needed breaks.
Great ideas! It had never occured to me to write a mission statement for my writing style. I think I’ll give it a try! I also agree that reading can be really inspiring. I find that to be the case often for me. Thanks for the tips!
This is so good! I´m always having writer´s block, that´s something I need to work with!
Thanks for sharing these tips!!
Creating a mission statement is such a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing x