Do you need to jumpstart after a dry spell?

What to do, what to do?


That’s how I’ve felt for several days. Like Sisyphus pushing my writing up a hill only to have it roll back down again. It’s exhausting not to mention frustrating.

I don’t know about you but when I take time away from writing, for whatever the reason, the stories stop. It’s as if my characters go on vacation too. And when they show back up it is at a most inconvenient time, like in the middle of the night.

Writing my blog, my book, short stories, my journal… Whew! Sometimes it’s all too much but I love it! Crazy right?

However, if I stop the well runs dry. So how do I prime the pump?

I’ve had to get inventive to get my imagination going again. Believe me, it’s not always easy.

Here’s what I do to get my ideas popping.

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  • Read!
    • Any and everything, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Emails (you get the idea)
    • Favorite books, new genres, something different-uncomfortable
  • Watch a good movie
    • Yes, good movies come from good writers
  • Make notes
    • My memory isn’t what it used to be, sigh…
  • Send emails to myself when I find a good article
    • See above note about memory
  • Write
    • Anything, even if it’s gibberish, edit later
    • write somewhere different, maybe outside

Still can’t write?

Well, here is one of my favorite exercises.

Open a book, any book. Copy the first paragraph. Now rewrite the paragraph making it your own. Change the character, the setting, the action, everything until it is completely different. This never fails to get my imagination going.

What do you do to keep the writing flowing?

To jumpstart your writing process after a break?

Please do share. I’d like to know. Tell me in the comments section.

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Want to know more about getting your writing groove back on? Keep reading!


When the Stories Have All Stopped By Kimberly Brock 


How to Return to Writing After a Long Break


10 thoughts on “Do you need to jumpstart after a dry spell?

  1. Umm… email yourself. I think I like this idea. Just start a new folder in my email client and write to myself about what I want to write, give myself pep talks, tell myself what I’m doing wrong. Yes, I like this idea. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for the ideas!
    I’ve been ill and just made it back to my computer after two weeks. Just the idea of re-starting on my WIP made me exhausted! But I did what I always do after a break – I re-read the entire manuscript (only 20,000 words at this point) and then forced (yes – forced!) myself to write the next chapter. Luckily, I had a very basic outline with chapter ideas. It didn’t flow for the life of me but I sat here until I got those pages written albeit the chapter is a bit shorter than normal. Tomorrow I’ll re-read it and hopefully come up with ideas to add some meat.

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