So once and a while, a writer can fall into a writing slump – embarrassing as it is to admit, it does happen. What should you do when you’re in one?
But before we hop into this post I am going to add this in for the last time to a post: this is a poll for a course I’m going to make! I would love it if you could answer it if you haven’t. I’ll be closing it down later this week, so make sure you get your vote in before then! 😃
First, we must identify exactly what a writing slump is.
A writing slump is when we just can’t seem to write. It can be caused by negativity, uncertainty, fear, etc. It is not when we just don’t know what to write. That’s what people call writer’s block. (But you can learn how to overcome that by taking my FREE course on it! Click right HERE and sign up!)
Essentially, dealing with a writing slump is dealing with low self-esteem.
Just to be clear, in this post, I’m giving you tips on how to cope with it, and help you out a bit, not a magic potion that will for sure get out right out of your slump and writing again as if nothing happened. As far as I know, that isn’t possible.
The cover is going to be beautiful, obviously. You’re writing a work of art, so your book cover has to be a work of art too.
When you fall into a writing slump, take a minute and try to imagine what you’re going to want your cover to be. Maybe from a certain scene in your book. Imagine your characters in super epic poses, possibly running for their lives. Or maybe something super beautiful and calming.
It’s really fun to imagine what you’re going to want your cover look like, and it’s actually being productive to boot! By the time you order a book cover, you’ll know exactly what you’re going to ask for.
Read Old Work
Okay, so this seems a bit weird. Your old work was so bad, right?
But that’s the point of this!
If you read your old work, it’s easy to compare it to what you write now. You can see how much better you are, how much you’ve grown. It helps.
Talk to Humans
Humans aren’t actually the most reliable things in the world. But once and a while, they have their uses.
Find a human that you trust. Like, really trust. Not just an ‘oh I know you I’ll talk to you human’ kind of human. A really close friend, or maybe relative.
Then, you sit down and talk to them.
That’s why they have to be trusted. You need to know that you can count on them to actually listen to you when you need their help, and won’t go spilling the beans to anyone else.
Get out of your house! Get out of your neighborhood! Go somewhere. Have fun. Forget about your book for a little while. Treat yourself. Just do something that has nothing to do with writing!
Think of your Future Readers
You’re a great writer, okay? And in the future, there are people who will read your book and love it to pieces. People who are waiting with bated breath for your next story to come out. People who wish they could climb on a plane to go to your book signing but it’s so expensive but feel that if they could afford it that it would be worth it because they’d get your signature in the book you wrote.
Think about a book you love sooooo much.
One day, you’ll have fans who love your book the way you love that book.
Do your writing for those guys. 😊
Updates on Poison Dragon
I’ve been struggling with writing a scene. My character in it, Esther, should be filled with panic, but it all feels so clunky and not in character. I’ve been looking forward to writing this scene as well, so I’m pretty mad at it.
I’ve also noticed that I seem to be putting in a lot of disasters in this book? I’ll have to probably take out some of them when I edit it. 😂
Guys! On August 8, I hit the 1-year mark for Julia’s Creative Corner! 😱
I did a post about it; make sure to check it out! I show an old story of mine, and tell a story about something that happened to me in grade 7 to celebrate. 😉
I want to quickly say before we go: I am posting an extra post this coming Saturday! I’ll mention it in my email next week if you forget, but if you can remember to, make sure to check it out! It’s a very special post 😉
Got any tips of your own?
How is your own writing project going?