When Writing Feels Unreachable: Ten Easy Writing Activities

Because when you get busy, you get better:

  • Take a walk, a swim, a bike ride, or otherwise stimulate your endorphins. Endorphins make you feel good!
  • Read something unfamiliar to create new neural pathways in your brain.
  • Get to know your work, and voice, by rereading favorite works by you — objectively. Take notes.
  • Paint a picture. Plenty of studies support that learning to paint improves writing.
  • Make a list. Doesn’t matter what kind, it will engage, and quiet, your inner editor.
  • Iron clothes, mindfully. It helps with focus (and you’ll look extra sharp for that next dress-well affair). Alternately, do a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Talk with a writer or artist friend. They know what you’re going through.
  • Get negative. Imagine all possible negative outcomes of your not writing, now or forever. See, things aren’t that bad!
  • Watch a favorite movie and take notes on plot, characterization, dialog, setting, etc.
  • Listen to a favorite podcast, preferably one involving writers (think interviews, readings, craft discussions). One of my favorites is On Being. Krista Tippet frequently interviews poets and writers.

WRITE ON!

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