Are you a freelance writer? Do you feel burnt out at times? Have you lost that lovin’ feeling when it comes to your writing?
As a professional freelance writer your job requires that you write even when you don’t feel like it. You’ve got bills to pay, deadlines to meet and clients to please. You may not always enjoy the writing process or the subject you’re writing about. You may become bored, or even consider quitting altogether.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You can do something about it. You can renew your love of the written word and learn to enjoy writing all over again.
7 Techniques to Renew Your Love of Writing
Follow these seven techniques when you feel burnt out on your writing.
- Take a break. Take a vacation, leave the laptop behind and spend a week or two NOT writing. Instead, distract yourself with something else. Go on an adventure, do something you’ve never done before. Just do anything to get you away from the thought of writing.
- Take a class. Your writing often gets stale because you’ve fallen into comfortable pattern. Take a class to really learn how to write or to hone your skills. For example, if you’re a technical writer, take a creative writing class to break out of your box.
- Join a writer’s group. If you don’t like the idea of being graded as part of a class, join a local writer’s group and get to know other writers. Read their work and let them read yours to get some constructive criticism. Seeing something from a different angle is often a great way to break out of the routine of writing.
- Enter a writing contest/competition. Compete with others to enhance your enjoyment of the writing process. Competition often fosters creativity.
- Write something different. Explore different avenues of writing. Write on a topic you know nothing about. Write for a publication you’ve never read. It might force you to “think outside the box” and push the limits of your skills and imagination.
- Pick up pen and paper. Remember when you first learned to write and form sentences as a child? How did it make you feel when you wrote your first story and everyone liked it? Turn off that computer and dust off that old pen and writing pad. This will force you to slow down and think more about what you want to say when you form the words by hand.
- Read a good book. Your writing suffers when you run out of ideas. You may think your writing is repetitive or has no flare. Rather than writing your way out of the rut, pick up a good book from an author you love and just lose yourself in the story. Then learn what makes the writing compelling and make it your own.
Bring back that lovin’ feeling to your writing by applying one or more of these techniques. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results.
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