For writers, sometimes it’s difficult to maintain our momentum that says we must continue moving forward with a writing project or writing career. We may reach a ho-hum attitude, wander aimlessly, or worse yet, reach that dreaded writing plateau. If we don’t take action to move beyond that attitude, our skills will wane and feel like we’re digressing. We can surely do without that negative writer’s baggage.
If you find yourself experiencing the above writing plateau, as I have, following are some tried and proven tips to help you move beyond that feeling and give you a boost in the writing department.
- Take a break: There’s a difference between taking a break and just wandering around aimlessly on that writing plateau. Taking a break in this sense refers to reading that book you’ve wanted to read for a long time. Sometimes what we need is to disconnect from our profession in a healthy manner that will nourish our writing spirit. I’ve found this suggestion very helpful in my own writing career. Not only do you disconnect, but the good book you read may be the ticket to inspire your writing once again.
- Take a community education writing class: There are many benefits to taking this type of writing class. These classes are based on personal writing insights, are offered in no pressure settings, and you get a chance to interact with aspiring writers. Interacting with other writers will definitely boost your morale. Besides, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn from those experienced community teachers. This is a bonus.
- Pick up a puzzle book or two: Stimulating those brain neurons is the goal with this suggestion. Pick up some carry-along puzzles such as a word search (word find), a crossword puzzle, or Sudoku puzzle books. These categorically organized puzzles are excellent resources to stimulate your thinking processes. These brain exercises will get your writing creativity in gear and help you get motivated to start your writing again with fresh ideas.
So the next time you find yourself wandering aimlessly, feeling unmotivated, or feel that you’re not making any progress on that writing plateau take any, or all, of the above tips and apply them to move yourself forward.
It happens to the best of us, and thankfully, we have options. Hooray!
Krystalina Soash is a freelance writer and interpreter. She has two published works, “Your Positive Potential: Action Steps for Self-Empowerment” and “Writing Tips for Student Projects and New Freelance Writers.”
Krystalina Soash is an adult English Language Learner, writer, and Spanish, English, American Sign Language interpreter. Short article writing is her favorite pastime on topics such as, English grammar, ways to improve communication, and living a fulfilling life.
Her published works include, “Your Positive Potential: Action Steps for Self-Empowerment” and “Writing Tips for Student Projects and New Freelance Writers”.
Krystalina still loves USPS mail and volunteers her time visiting with elderly in the community providing a free service. She carries a portable writing station with greeting cards, stationary, pens, pencils, and stamps to encourage the elderly to stay in touch with loved ones and friends through writing. She believes everyone has something important to write about and lives with her family in Minnesota.