Getting Back Into Writing | Writer’s Block

I’ve been a writer since I was very young. I’ve always loved storytelling. But I always struggled to balance my writing projects with events in my life. So when things fell apart last year, it was only natural for me to drop the manuscript that I had worked painstakingly on, and focus on piecing my life back together as best as I could.

At the rate I was going, I didn’t think that I would ever pick up the figurative pen again. But as time passed, I found myself plotting out a new story in my head. So I whipped out my laptop as soon as I got the chance, and I began writing.

The transition back into writing was not an easy one. Many tears were shed, and there were quite a few times that I thought about just giving up. But I persisted, and I am now well on the way to having – in my opinion – the best story that I’ve ever written.

When I wrote my last Writer’s Block post, quite a few people reached out to me stating that they had been really struggling to get back into writing. Since I recently did that myself, I thought that I would share what tips I had in hopes that it might help someone else get back into writing themselves.

So here are my top tips for getting back into writing.

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1. Try a new medium.

My current project isn’t actually a novel. Shocking, right? I’m actually in the progress of authoring a Web Comic with two of my best friends. Starting with a medium that I’d never tried before really made it a lot easier to fall into a steady pattern with my story. It was a learning experience, but I found myself really enjoying the unconventional writing method used in comics.

2. Research, a lot.

Especially if you already have some modicum of an idea already in your head. If you want to write something about ancient Japan, read as many books, articles, and websites as you can about the subject. Maybe watch some films about it, or an anime based in that time period. Being exposed to your subject will help you get in to the mood for writing, and also keep you in the mindset for writing in that genre.

For my Web Comic, I already had a basic premise in my head when I started writing. But in order to get a better mental picture, and to get in to the correct mindset to write my genre, I started researching science fiction tropes, weapons, and different kinds of plagues. I also watched movies like Blade Runner, and rewatched Star Wars with a critical eye. I paid attention to the stylistic approach to storytelling, and made note of things that I thought worked, and could have been a little better.

3. Set reasonable goals

As tempting as it is to go “I’m gonna write a whole book over the course of a month”, most people absolutely cannot do that. Trust me, I’ve tried.

It’s always good to set goals, but you’re only human. And it’s good to remember that.

Set attainable goals like “Complete outline by the end of the week” or “Write 5000 words in the next two weeks” or “Write five chapters before the month is out”.

4. Have a designated time for writing

I write best after I’ve taken a bath. It sounds weird, but it’s true. I guess it’s because in the bath or shower, I’m completely alone and relaxed. And what better time is there for stewing thoughts than when you’re all mellowed out?

Find a time when you are relaxed and happy and set some of that time away to write. You’ll see a difference in the way that you feel while writing, as well as your productivity.

5. Keep writing

I cannot stress this enough.

Even if it’s fifty words a day, or a few sentences. Don’t let life get in the way of you creating things. Because take it from me, once you stop writing, it takes a lot to get back into it. And some people never do.

I hope this will help someone. Be sure to leave any questions or topics you’d like me to write about in the comments section! Sorry this post is a day late. I suck with schedules. See you all soon! X, Hailey


18 responses to “Getting Back Into Writing | Writer’s Block

  1. I’m so glad you’re back into your writing. I’m currently working on a story myself but it’s a very long and hard process (especially with it being a personal story). I have taken note of all of your tips so if I get stuck in the future, I’ll be able to help myself.

    Great post as usual πŸ’œxx

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    • I completely understand the trouble of telling personal stories. It’s hard to detach from the situation and tell it in a way that appeals to readers, while also staying true to your own heart. If you have any more questions about writing then hit me up! I’m more than happy to share any tips or tricks that I’ve gleaned over the years.

      Thanks for reading, love! xx

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  2. THIS THIS THIS! I need writing as an outlet, but once I stop it’s SO HARD to get back into it. It’s like “what if I suck? What if I’ve lost it? What if I TRY to write….and I can’t? Then what?”. I’m really proud of you for getting back into it girly, can’t wait to see what you do with your story ❀

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    • Dude I’ve been following your blog for a loooong time and you are a MARVELOUS writer (way back when you even posted some fiction pieces). Don’t let self-doubt get you down, because then you’ll never get back to it! And thanks girly, I can’t wait either πŸ˜› x

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  3. I read this post when I was struggling with writers block and found it to be very helpful! Thank you for writing it! My next blog post will be out soon!! ❀️

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