Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Hello, Writing Slump. My name is Tiffany Garner. You killed my passion. Prepare to die."

....I had to do it ☺

What causes writing slumps? I honestly don't know the answer to that question. One day you're wildly passionate about what you're doing, and the other you can't bring yourself to write a single word. At least it seems like that to me. Now, I realize that some of what I'm battling is my depression, but it's more than that. I've had days when I was far from depressed and I still couldn't bring myself to write.

The ironic (and somewhat paradoxical) thing is that I'm still extremely passionate about my characters. I still love their story and can't wait to write it. But when I open the document on my computer, my mind goes blank.

I'm sick and tired of it. I want to write!

So what am I going to do? Force myself to write. Go to the library (where I can't as easily get distracted), put on headphones, and stay there until I start writing.

I've done this before, and when I first sit down it feels like any other day in my slump. But as I force myself to stare at the screen, words start coming out one at a time, until I can't stop myself from typing. If some of it sounds a little forced, I can always fix it later in editing.

I love my characters and my story and I can't wait to get back to writing!

What do you do to kill a writing slump?



  1. Woohoo! Show that slump who's boss! <3

    I tend to get in slumps when I'm not moving around enough. The best way for me to kill them is to grab my headphones and go for a nice, long walk or jog. It really gets the blood moving to the brain!

    1. Becky, that sounds like a FANTASTIC idea!! I'll have to try that next time.

  2. That's the spirit. :) You just have to keep at it! I also find it helpful to skip around a little and work on my favorite scenes, or whatever part I'm most excited about, and then sometimes I think of a new idea that makes the earlier section seem less like a slog.

    Also, check out our 100 follower giveaway ! We have a T-shirt up for grabs that will look familiar to you. ;)

  3. sometimes all you can do is force yourself to sit down and just do it. Hate the slump phases that come and go.

  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

  5. Hi, Tiffany. It was nice meeting you today. I know what you mean about slumps. It happens to me all the time. Often reading a good book will help. Daydreaming about my story helps a lot too. Hope I see you again tomorrow.

  6. Pssst! We gave you a blog award over at The Feather and the Rose! Just wanted to let you know. :)

  7. Thanks for the Princess Bride moment. It's funny how those slumps just sneak up and eat you sometimes. I have to say I turn to music and either a drive or a walk. I like your idea of going somewhere else to write than the usual space. Good idea.


Share your passion!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...