Does walking away from your writing help when your creative well has gone dry? Many say just going for a walk, taking a shower or folding the laundry gives those seeds of inspiration planted somewhere in the back of your mind the space they need to flourish.
1) You need to have done the work.
2) You need to have walked away.
Check out this very useful checklist to complete before walking away from your writing: (More details on the website—click on the link!)
1. Check in with your manuscript
2. Try free-writing
3. Check if you’ve gone off-track somewhere
4. Spend time on world-building and character profiling
5. Don’t stare at the empty page for 15 minutes
If you’ve tried numbers 1-4 and your writing is still not budging, it’s time to walk away! Number 3 has been my kryptonite for a long while:
3. Check if You’ve Gone Off Track Somewhere
“Sometimes a writing block is caused by a wrong turn we’ve taken earlier in our writing, a spot where we forced a character to do or say something that didn’t fit. Read back over your writing to see if there was a point where your prose became laboured and your writing became much harder. If you find it, try starting afresh from that point.”
That was why I was having so much trouble in the revision stage, leading to endless procrastination. Finally some answers to my first draft problems have come to me and the “writer’s block” that’s been stifling my imagination has come loose!
What’s your kryptonite and how did you defeat it?
You can find the rest of my posts on the subject of writing, under the category The Writing Process, found in the right hand column of my blog.