Has it been a while since you wrote on your blog?
Is it the second year you promised yourself to submit to a romance or science fiction competition but the deadline passed again?
Writing turns your life into a question. It doesn’t make sense that writing is so difficult compared to other jobs. The idea of sitting at home and writing about your feelings and experiences sounds easy when you are sitting in a cubicle or stressing about a Monday at work while sitting on the couch on Sunday.
Writing requires two lives: One that makes money and one that satisfies your hobby. I hammer out sales copy for 8 to 12 hours a day and then find it difficult to think of something to write on my blog or contribute to my goal of 1000 words a day in my science fiction novel.
The problem is that my writing is a ticking time bomb.
It’s something that I know is lurking but I will potentially never touch it. Then one day I know I will regret how I never submitted a piece to a competition or tried to get an article published in a magazine.
You will encounter breaks in your writing, so how should you go about rediscovering the inspiration that coaxed you to type like a maniac in the first place?
Text a Friend
Ask your friends or family what they did during the day. Ask them what movies they watched, books they read and people they talked to. Learn confrontations that happen in everyday life to fuel your own character motivations. Ask people what problems they had to address them in your own blog posts.
Watch a Documentary
I wrote a blog post about happiness a while back. I learned that documentaries provide a nice level of inspiration when it comes to relating with other people. Documentaries touch on the problems and basic humanities in life. Learn about a problem in the world. or realize a situation that requires discussion. Incorporate these true stories into your fiction, or create a blog post that prompts people to talk about an important issue.
Use Google Alerts
Google Alerts provides you updates whenever a certain topi is posted on the internet. Use Google Alerts to figure out what blog posts and articles are being talked about in the topic you write about. For example, I created Google alert notifications for “writing tips,” “publishing,” and book reviews.” I use these posts to create spin offs on my own blog posts. Create a different angle from someone elses writing. This gives you ideas and offers you a way to connect with a prominent writer online. Don’t forget to create a link to the other article.
Forums are nice for talking to other writers, but they are also helpful for getting yourself out of a funk after not writing for a long period of time. Register for writing forums or forums that relate to the subject you write about. Use the forum search function to search for keywords that relate to your topic.
Forget about interacting and be selfish for once. Look through the forums to find questions that people are having on your own topic. If you are writing about fiction, search for forums that relate to your characters. If your character is an auto mechanic, search Google for automobile forums. Learn about the everyday questions that auto mechanics have, and create conflict and depth through people who are living those problems.
Let me know in the comments what you do when it has been a while since you wrote.