10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Writing When You’re Feeling Uninspired

(I’m busy fighting dragons, so I’m reposting an old favorite today.)

  1. Take a break and do something else for a while before returning to writing.
  2. Freewrite until new ideas start flowing.
  3. Take a shower or bath—muses are known to be particularly inspirational during bathtime! And here are some products so you don’t have to run dripping for a pen and paper.
  4. Just keep writing, and see if you make a breakthrough.
  5. Work on a different writing project.
  6. Take a walk. Turn off your brain and experience the world through your senses.
  7. Do something else creative for a while, like drawing, singing, making a collage or playing with clay.
  8. Meditate or do a creative visualization—try this one if you’re dealing with a persistent inner critic.
  9. Read a book. Let someone else’s words flow over you.
  10. Write something silly or just plain bad. Don’t judge yourself. Sometimes if you start writing, no matter how uninspired you feel, your muse eventually shows up and sprinkles a little magic on the page.

How do you break through those uninspired moments? Share your creative coping methods in the comments.

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11 Responses to “10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Writing When You’re Feeling Uninspired”

  1. 1 horribilis August 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Excellent advice, and linking to water-impermeable writing tools is brilliant. Thanks!

  2. 3 Penelope August 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I will copy and paste that list for future reference…. Can’t use it till I get out from under the big ol’ non-creative rock that sits on my head. I’ll be checking your posts for help. 🙂

    • 4 stranglingmymuse August 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Hey Penelope, why don’t you write a haiku about that big ol’ rock? 5 syllables – 7 syllables – 5 syllables. Easy peasy, and then you’ve done something creative! Here’s one I wrote when I was blocked:

      writer’s block

      characters arrived
      fingers dance on my keyboard
      now my mind is blank

      You might want to check out my Creative Bursts, too. They’re 15 minute creativity blasts of doodling, writing, dancing, singing, daydreaming, etc., designed to get your creativity flowing. Click on the book cover at the top right hand of this blog if you’re interested.

      Good luck with all your creative endeavors!


  3. 5 Andrew Gills August 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I hope that you manage to slay those dragons Sandy. And that they don’t decide to breath fire 🙂

    • 6 stranglingmymuse August 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks, Andrew! The dragons have been slayed, and I’m only slightly scorched!


      • 7 Andrew Gills August 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

        I’m happy to hear it Sandy. Seems like it was dragon slaying all round. I’m not sure whether you are into astrology or what planet you are ruled by, but if it’s any help Mercury has been in retrograde.

        (From a super-charged Virgo with Gemini mid-heaven and Moon in 6th House – i.e. someone so Mercurian I wish I’d realised Merc was Ret)

        • 8 stranglingmymuse August 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

          I don’t know much about astrology, but I did hear that Mercury’s in retrograde, and sending lots of dragons all around!


  4. 9 Looking Out The Window August 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Great bunch of ideas. I have tried all of them at one time or another. Thanks for taking the time to write them down and remind us all.

    • 10 stranglingmymuse August 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Glad you like them! I agree, it’s good to have a reminder, because when you’re frustrated or feeling uninspired, it’s easy to forget what’s worked in the past. Thanks for stopping by, and best of luck with all your creative endeavors!


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