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The Solution for When You Don’t Want to Write (I’m not kidding)

We’ve ALL been there. We started out just loving this thing that we’re writing and then, middle of the book, or maybe the second draft, and PLOP! We hit a wall. What is that wall? Writer’s block? Maybe. Or maybe you simple don’t want to write this monster anymore. I hear ya.

If you asked me for advice on writer’s block, I might tell you to take a short break or just to write through it, but what about when you hate your book? What about when you suddenly realize your writing is immature and not half as good as that other writer you admire? (I think this way all the time. It’s poison.)

My mom and I have challenged each other to get out of our writing slump and each write a novella in three months. *news flash! news flash!* Yes, you all finally have a writing update from me. More details to follow. However, when we made the plan to do this, we were researching, believe it or not, some answers for why we weren’t writing – why was there a mental block when we tried to put words on paper?

The best piece of advice we got was this: MAKE A SCHEDULE AND COMMIT TO IT. I know I’ve talked to you all before about deadlines and how they help you to write, and this is similar to that principle, but it literally means picking up that book when you don’t want to and finishing it.

We are not perfect writers. Not one of us. We can’t be perfect writers.

What we can be is the best writer we can be. And once you accept that, once you’ve accepted that your writing is only going to get better if you keep at it, then an enormous amount of that pressure can be lifted off your shoulders.

Don’t expect perfection. You’ll be disappointed.

Take critiques and let them make your work better. Team up with somebody else to hold you accountable and encourage you – like what my mom and I are doing now! *throws confetti because she is distracted and totally excited*

Anyway, you see what I mean? There are times when you need to let go of that story that just refuses to be written (see my last post). But at the same time, there are instances when you need to sit down, buckle up, and write. No matter how much you find you hate writing. I’m serious. There are times I hate writing. But then there are times when the river flows, the words pour out, I’m right there with the characters, my mom says it’s awesome . . . and then, right then, I’m so glad to be a writer. 🙂

Please, a show of hands. Who else thought they were alone in this struggle, this battle of words? What kind of moments make you love to be a writer, no matter how hard it can be? Let’s chat in the comments! I LOVE to touch base with you guys.

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Author:

Hannah Gaudette is a home-school teen living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing stories or training dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like cats. She’s a life-enthusiast who loves the ocean and The Piano Guys. Enough said.

6 thoughts on “The Solution for When You Don’t Want to Write (I’m not kidding)

  1. *raises hand* Moments that make me love being a writer are ones when I realize how much better I am at life because of my writing. How when I am able to deal with my shouting siblings because I just pretend to myself that I’m a Jedi and am all peaceful ‘n stuff. (Don’t judge. I like Star Wars, okay?) How when I come up with an awesome bit of dialogue that just makes everyone laugh and say how it’s so perfect. How I can capture a moment in time between my brother and I and immortalize it on paper. These are some of the moments that make me love being a writer. I don’t know if that’s what you were asking, but it’s my answer to what I thought you were asking. *smiles cheekily for being so weird and confusing before disappearing in a poof of glitter*

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  2. Yeah, I go through a lot of times when I so don’t want to write, but I know I just have to make myself sit down and start writing. Sometimes it takes a few days of me forcing myself to do it for me to finally get back in the mood for writing 😉
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  3. “What we can be is the best writer we can be.” This right here. Making comparisons to other writers and how fast or good they are is a terrible way to go about things. I simply try to be a better writer today than I was yesterday (or the last time I wrote LOL.) It’s cool that you and your mom encourage each other the way you do. I have a couple of writer friends and an editor friend who help push me along when I “can’t” write. They’re great! I’ve been in a writing slump lately because of stress but I’m working my way out of it!

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    1. Thank you! We are really excited to be teaming up like that to hold each other accountable to our writing. I think it will really help us, and that’s great that you have people who can come alongside you like that! EVERYBODY needs to have someone like that. 🙂

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