As a children’s book writer, you’re probably familiar with the frustrations of writing. This scenario has likely happened to you already: you clear your schedule and make yourself a big cup of coffee. You sit at your desk and open up a document. You poise your fingers over the keyboard, ready to type, and…nothing. You draw a blank. You have no inspiration, no ideas, and no clue how to get back to writing.
I’ve been there. Too often, I’ve fallen into a rut where it’s seemingly impossible to write. This stumbling block would often drag on for weeks or even months. If you’ve gone through this too, there are four key lessons you need to know in order to find your creativity again.
Take it Slow
When getting back into writing, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is rushing. You may have a deadline or word count you need to meet. Or you may think you can just jump into a huge writing project. This is a good way to get stuck.
Take your time with your writing. Start small with a short story or poem instead of a novel or long book series. This way, you won’t be overwhelmed. Instead, you will open your mind to new ideas, and have space to flesh them out. The main objective is to go slowly with the process.
Don’t beat yourself up
You might be feeling upset that you no longer write how you used to or that you don’t have the creativity to continue. Your writing may no longer be on the level that you wish it was.
But here’s an uncomfortable fact: no matter where you’re at, your writing isn’t going to start out great. First drafts aren’t pretty and second drafts are only a little better. All the same, don’t let that stop you. Just focus on having fun with your writing or getting your message out there. The rest will come later.
Get inspiration from other writers
Back in high school, I was once part of a teen writing group at my library. Every month we would come together to share our most recent projects, then participate in a writing exercise.
Being part of the group was an amazing way to energize my creativity. Hearing other writers’ stories really motivated and inspired me to get back to writing. Plus, doing the exercise allowed me to think outside the box. If your library has one, consider joining a writing group in order to connect with like-minded writers.
Write what excites you
When you’re easing yourself back into writing again, it’s all too easy to quit. So it’s important to write only things you are excited about, so you can’t wait to get back to your laptop or pick up your pen and start writing. I should hope you do this anyway (I mean, who wants to write things they aren’t passionate about?) but it’s especially critical to do this when you’re trying to find motivation and creativity to write.
What’s an idea you’ve had on the back burner for a while? Now’s the time to pull it out and get started! Need an idea? Check out our article for seven amazing ways to come up with your best children’s book idea yet!
While writing is a talent many of us have, it’s also a skill. It needs to be cultivated and practiced. If you fall out of writing for a while, don’t panic or feel guilty. Hopefully, these steps will help you to find your creativity and get back to writing your children’s books.