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5 Tips For Getting Back Into The Writing Groove

by Jennifer on September 7, 2011

This is a guest post from writer, Julia Slovich

Whether you have not been writing because of a vacation or you have simply procrastinated for too long, getting back into writing can be difficult.  Often you have to remind yourself where you left off and the creative juices don’t flow as rapidly as before.

Rather than procrastinate longer or begin and throw away several new drafts, try these helpful tips to get you back into the groove and cranking out quality work.

1.  Brainstorm
This may seem like an obvious first step to get back into the swing of writing, but many people often skip it.  Don’t start thinking yet about how much you need to write or how far behind you have fallen.  If the task seems too daunting, start small.  Jot down ideas for new content.  Look at what you have already written – whether it’s blog posts or previous chapters in your novel – to see if you can get any ideas.

For example, if you have written a blog post about best practices for giving your blog a makeover you could write a new post about best tools to use when going through a makeover.  Write down your ideas and you have a list to pull from the next time you hit a brick wall!

2.  Set Goals
This is a great way to get writing again.  Often we need goals (or deadlines) to get back on track.  If you know you need to publish by the end of the week, you are more likely to take the bull by the horns and crank out some content.  However, in order for this to get you writing again, you need to take your personal goals seriously!  You will never get back on the writing train if you keep extending your deadlines.

3.  Make It Routine
One of the hardest parts about getting back into writing is making it a habit again.  The best way to do this is to settle on a routine.  Decide when the best time(s) for writing is and stick to it every day.  Whether it’s after your morning coffee for a couple hours or to unwind in the evening, developing a routine is a great way to make sure you can get your groove back.

4.  Don’t Worry About Perfection
When you start writing again, it doesn’t have to be perfect.  The point is to write something.  Get it down on paper, regardless of the quality level.  Once your creative juices start flowing, then you can start worrying about perfection.  For now, write poems, prose, phrases, ideas or anything you can to get you going!

5.  Don’t Rush Back In
Don’t rush the process of picking up your writing again.  You may be up against deadlines or think that your readers are expecting more content as soon as possible.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t make goals for yourself; they are there to keep you moving forward.  If you give yourself a deadline that you believe you will not make, be flexible enough to push it back until you feel your writing capabilities are back to where they were before you took that break.  Believe it or not, you will be able to write better and faster when you take the time to get back to your old self.

We all need breaks from our writing sometimes, and we shouldn’t feel guilty about that.  It’s how we get back into it the really matters.  The fastest way to revive your most creative, efficient mindset is to take time to find the groove again.  Only fools rush in!

About the Author: Julia is a writer passionate about health, fitness & blogging. When she’s not running her dog she can sometimes be found writing about Sono Bello, cooking and a myriad of other topics.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 PatriciaW September 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

This is for me today. Thank you.

2 Laura Marcella September 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

These are great tips and ones I’ve used successfully. I also like starting out with a writing prompt or exercise to get myself back into the writing groove.

3 Susie McCray September 8, 2011 at 12:33 am

Thanks for this post. I’ve been feeling bad about taking a break from writing even though I know I’ll get into the swing of things. I’m just taking it one blog post at a time, one poem at a time, one novel chapter at a time.

4 Henna Payne September 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Thank you so much for this! I have been struggling with getting back into writing, and have struggled for many years with being consistent, and this gives me just a little more encouragement to keep trying.

5 tomwisk September 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I needed this blog. Hit a dead spot in the story I’m trying to finish. Now there are five ways to get back in the saddle.Thanx

6 Jennis September 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Thanks for this – need a little push…

http://placewithaheart.blogspot.com/

7 Procrastination man September 27, 2011 at 3:43 am

#4 really hits the spot for me. Once I get going – I’m fine. It’s the worry whether it will be any good is my problem. Thanks for the tps

8 Lisa-Marie Dutt June 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

This is a very helpful post and I will be coming back to read over these ideas from time to time! definitely something worth remembering.

9 jessica October 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

thank you, this helps a lot. I havent been able to get the juices flowing for some time now, but your advice to take it slow and not worry about perfection is just what I need to do, I believe-thanks!

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