It’s inevitable for writers to experience a sort of slump at one point of their career or another. Even the most famous of writers have experienced this, so you’re not exempted.
It’s not so much as finding yourself unable to write, but it’s more on how your writing has become a bit stagnant for you and your audience. It’s not really a good thing for a writer to feel this way about his craft, especially if writing (in our case blogging) is his bread and butter.
Now, how can you avoid this so-called slump? This is a question I’ve asked myself lots of times before, when I was in the predicament. I tell you, it’s rather hard getting over the feeling of stagnation, but with perseverance and hard work, it’ll tide over.
How did I get over my slump? Here’s how I did it:
Make it your daily habit. Think of it as your creativity vitamins. You don’t go through the day without your daily vitamins to keep you healthy, right? The same thing applies for your writing. Write daily to keep your creative mind intact and healthy.
The more you keep writing, the more you hone your style in expressing your thoughts. You’ll be able to say what you want to say with more clarity and depth as you keep doing this. Keep at it for at least one 20-minute session per day and you’ll definitely see results.
Take time to edit. Just because you’re writing every day, doesn’t mean that you have to publish everything you wrote. Take the time to read through your works again and polish them. Edit the mistakes you find and read the entire thing again. Don’t forget that along with your writing skills, you have to develop your editing and proofreading skills, too. Just remember not to rush your editing as you may overlook certain grammatical or typographical errors in the process.
Jot down at least two ideas for writing topics every day. Don’t hesitate to note even the crappiest of ideas as they all count in the long run. You’ll find that if you let ideas get away, you’ll soon run out of topics to write about. You can choose to go with two unrelated topics or two unique angles to a single topic, it’s your choice. Just make sure that you don’t forget to write them down. Hundreds of ideas are swimming in your head; you just have to catch them before they sink into the abyss and forever fade away from your memory.
You’ll find that as you continue to practice these 3 tips, the more you grow a maturity in your writing style that even you didn’t expect from yourself. It’s kind of fun to surprise yourself with skills you can unlock from yourself.
Now, let me pass the mic over to you. What do you do to get over your writing plateau?
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