Is Your Writing a Ticking Time Bomb?

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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. :)

Use Forums

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.

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About Joe Warnimont

I am a writer, marketing expert and adventure seeker. I help people write, market their writing, live truthfully and embrace their lives through creativity. You can find me riding my bike around the streets of Chicago. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

Comments

  1. Hi Joe
    Like this article and thank you for ollowing my blog
    Sue

  2. Morning Joe,

    I have been in the camp of ‘Write a bit. Stop for a while. Write a bit. Stop for a while’ for, well…a while! So I decided to start a blog to make myself focus and also because it really is fun! I am hoping this is going to keep up my motivation – time will tell.

    Thanks for following me!

    Natalie

  3. Dover Whitecliff says:

    Another awesome post, sir! Never thought to use the forums. Thanks for the heads up!

  4. You really nailed it: Writing does require two lives. I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees it that way!

  5. Armen Pogharian says:

    Every writer I know can relate to the problem of restarting a project. Life happens, and sometimes we get distracted. I’m fortunate in that I write YA and I have three voracious YA readers in my house. They’re constantly asking me if I’ve written anything new so they can read it. They’re great motivators.

    As with most of the others, thanks for your post, and for following my blog.

    Armen

  6. Wonderful advice. I agree that writing is a second life. I think the trick is getting the two lives to coincide. As a full-time worker, mother, and sister, it can be challenging.

  7. My day job is acting, that’s how I pay my student loans. So I guess I’m in a weird boat. I have two artistically fulfilling jobs, which makes me super lucky. But sometimes it’s hard to want to give life to the characters on my computer when I already did that onstage. Good problem to have though!

    • Megan, how great that you “pay the bills” by doing something that is so artistically fulfilling. I think it is never wrong to live “instead of” write. When writing is right up there with the most fulfilling things you could be doing, I think you will write. When I was a young mother, the songs I “wrote” didn’t go on paper. They went into the ears of the babies I was rocking. To every thing there is a season. (And this goes for you, too, Joe.) Just make sure your lamp is trimmed, and you are ready to accept the invitation to write when it comes. That would be the greatest tragedy — to have been called to write, but to have decided to spend time and talent on something far less important to you.

  8. This is genius. Thanks for following my blog. Yours doesn’t seem to have any of the normal buttons. Are they hidden somewhere?

  9. Ha! I do what I’m doing now! I read my favorite blogs, and make sure to WRITE a comment. I am not an introvert. I find it very easy to live a life away from the keyboard. But my life would not be complete without writing those things I love to write. So my writing does get done. I put my goals in writing, and I review them regularly. Especially when I feel myself slipping from regularly working on my books and songs. Good thing I’m such an inspirational writer — reviewing my projects always gets me excited about getting back on track.

  10. Thanks for the follow. I appreciate the plainspoken style of your blog. The few posts I’ve read offer good advice, common sense stuff, which we often dismiss too easily. Your suggestion for using forums is a good one. I would add to that the importance of finding a good writing/critique group, whether on-line or in person. A close-knit group of writers dedicated to improving everyone’s work is invaluable.
    Thanks again.

  11. Thanks for following. I really enjoyed exploring your blog as well. I look forward to reading more.

  12. Hi Joe,

    This is one of the most concise and informative articles I’ve recent read on revitalizing the motivation to write. Great resource, too!