Tips to Keep Joy in Writing

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 Blogger: Khaled Talib

Writers have their days and lull moments.  So how do you keep joy in writing? Here are some of my empowering antics.   

 Chocolates and Savories

Not the healthiest advice, but it works for me, especially when I have to write fast-paced action scenes. Once that sugar kicks in, I’m all pumped up and ready to go. Words on every line are like sparks on a train track. Have you ever tried a Baklava shake? Don’t forget to go for your walk afterwards to burn fats away. All said, I don’t suggest you do this every day; it’s really unhealthy. Just do it if you must — like a last resort button.

 Look at Colors

Colors can motivate your writing as it affect changes in mood. I spend a great deal of time looking at images on Pininterest, probably one of the most colorful discovery platforms. Places, travel locations, posters, paintings, whatever you feel like. You might like something and decide to include it in your manuscript. Maybe it’s a picture of a cabin, a Christmas fireplace, or a tropical island.

Pleasure Reading

Flip through the pages of a lifestyle magazine and pause at things you like —  an article, a photo or even an advert. Who knows? It could help you jump start some thoughts locked deep within your subconscious. Soak it up. There are also many good writer magazines out there featuring motivational articles. Reading stories about other people or interviews with them. It’ll help increase the motivation level, and make your writing feel less of a burden.

The Good, Bad and the Ugly

People can affect you, especially the things they say or do. They can inspire you to want to make them live forever in your story or not. If the latter, may I recommend a Garrote for an effective departure? Bring out the good, the bad or the ugly. Can you feel it?

Music

Music helps with the atmosphere of writing. Put on those earphones and choose a song or songs.  Depending on your genre, listen to something that suits the pace.

Solitude

I don’t mean sitting in a windowless room.  Living in solitude as a writer doesn’t mean living a claustrophobic life.  You could go to your favorite place and write, even if it’s crowded. Many famous writers are known to write at a cafe. No need to take a vow of silence or avoid contact. Just be tactfully brutal with your personal time.

Virtual Community

If it’s inconvenient for you to meet other writers psychically, then join a writer’s page (or pages) on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. You can do a bit of networking here, and learn what everyone else is doing. The virtual world is also a place to share and encourage each other. You’ll find people discussing their work, and may help spur yours. Birds of a feather, you know?

Have a Break

You need a break, time off — away from your manuscript. Even an electric car needs to stop and recharge. Read someone else’s book. When you come back to your manuscript, you’ll see everything with a different eye. It’ll encourage you to rewrite. New ideas will flow. Can you feel the adrenaline?

 

About The Writer

Khaled Talib is the author of the thriller novel, Smokescreen, and The Little Book of Muses, He lives in Singapore, and hardly shares his chocolates with others.