We are familiar with being in a slump, aren’t we?
We all have been there. The emptiness of words, the dearth of ideas. They just don’t seem to strike any chord no matter what we do. Any amount of effort is futile. Muster up the courage to write even some randoms words seems like an eternal battle in which we are on the losing end.
Not anymore. I bring some tips and workaround to beat the slump. These are some foolproof methods and I hope they are of use to you.
1. Write about an old favourite book
This technique works like a charm. It is my elixir to the horrible slumps be it reading or writing. Some of my old favourites include Lord of the Rings series, Jane Eyre, A Man Called Ove, and many more. Writing about them needs no new information so it is very easy to come up with something all the time. Like I wrote Why I loved Jane Eyre in this post.
2. Revisit your old blog posts
I have talked about this before as well. I am trying to inculcate the habit of refurbishing my older posts. It keeps me in the loop of writing by simple means of extraction of some bits or editing paragraphs. I think this is not only helpful during a slump but otherwise as well. You never know when the momentum builds up. Like I have refurbished my review on Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami which I wrote way back in 2018.
3. Do some fun book tags
This is really a fun idea to get back at writing. Because there is zero thinking involved. Most of the time, our overestimation and overthinking kills the enthusiasm to write. Going over the same thing thinking it’s not done yet may turn off the mind to stop writing altogether. So, a fun book spontaneous book tag will make the process less monotonous and more entertaining. Check out my book tag on How I Read.
4. Join Weekly Memes
WWW Wednesday is one such meme which is about sharing reading updates of the week again involving spontaneous writing. You get to interact with other bloggers and see what they are upto. Since it occurs weekly, it acts as a timer to post about reading updates and is a wonderful opportunity to interact with other bloggers.
This is an excellent idea because the undying love for books will eventually make you crave writing. I make sure every Wednesday I partake in the WWW Wednesday which helps me in tracking my reading progress as well.
5. Give some daily updates of life
A niche is important but not mandatory. Don’t restrain yourself into posting around a certain topic only. Sometimes it is really fine to get out of your usual style and write about something completely random. It will not only release the unseen pressure but will also make the readers a part of your life, giving them reasons to connect with you apart from books. As simple as a weekly snapshot or lifestyle post or even a closet tour is good to go. Check out my weekly recap post for some ideas.
Bonus tip: Give it rest. It happens. With you, me, and many others. So, don’t get bogged down by the sound of it. Because as horrible as slumps sound, they also are a reminder to prioritise life and relax a bit.
Let me know if any of these tips have helped you in the past? Or, if there are other methods you do while in a slump?