Five Quick Fixes When Things Aren’t Working
These five ideas are centered on writing,
but I can’t promise they won’t work in other areas of life as well.
Read at your own risk.
Take a break.
I’m more productive when I’m not staring at the computer screen for hours. Fit smaller tasks around your writing schedule. Return phone calls. Do a load of laundry. Make your grocery list. Just remember—it’s a break. You still have to go back to the keyboard. A timer helps me with this.
Try something different.
A new approach. Different scenery. Different point of view. Switch characters or projects. Work on something smaller. Jump forward or backward in your book. Change your playlist. Check out someone else’s creativity and watch a movie or read a book.
Talk it out.
Start a conversation. Bouncing ideas, or even a running commentary, off someone else helps me see things I didn’t see before. Many a plot fixes have evolved from this method. Use bribery if you have to—not everyone’s as in love with your book as you are.
Tell yourself it doesn’t matter.
Unless you’re on a deadline and your MS is due tomorrow, if you take an hour or a day to process your issue, it’s okay. You don’t have to solve your problem today. Sometimes letting the problem percolate produces the best parts of the story.
Time it out.
Make a short-term goal, like fixing one scene or even one paragraph, set a timer and concentrate on only that one thing for only that amount of time. Then move on. This approach takes the “over” out of overwhelming.
What do you do for a quick fix? Leave a comment on the blog!