September 19, 2014

7 Ways to “Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling” to Your Writing

Are you a freelance writer?  Do you feel burnt out at times?  Have you lost that lovin’ feeling when it comes to your writing?

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Lost that spark in your relationship with 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Enter a writing contest/competition.  Compete with others to enhance your enjoyment of the writing process.  Competition often fosters creativity.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Bring back that lovin' feeling to your freelance writing, now.

Share the love with the Dream Team and the FWD dream readers: How do you renew your love of writing when Cupid ditches the scene?

 

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About Michael Taulier

Michael is a freelance writer and professional resume editor. He enjoys writing for clients on a wide variety of topics, but specializes in writing for the health care industry. With a classic education and training as an historian, he's got what it takes to add an intangible "certain something" to his work that gives a powerful layer of meaning and effectiveness to the final story. Read more about Michael at The Refined Writer .

Comments

  1. I love the idea of doing something totally different. It can give you a whole new perspective and give you something new to write about.
    Lisa recently posted..Are You Curating Your Content?My Profile

    • Thanks for your comment, Lisa. I think a lot of writers get stuck in a rut and are afraid to explore new territory when it comes to their writing. But stretching your boundaries once in a while can lead to growth as a person and as a writer. And there’s nothing wrong with that…

  2. It can definitely become such a chore and I have felt that way at times. I know I need a vacation but for now, I’m taking the “day-cation” route and that has helped a lot. Also, I totally agree with finding different topics. I’m working to open up into different areas so that I can switch on and off when needed. Great article!
    Dianne recently posted..4 Good Ways Not To Be A Bad BossMy Profile

    • Dianne, like you mentioned, even taking a day off here and there to recharge your battery can be very beneficial. I think it’s easy, once the ball gets rolling, to want to keep going without taking a break. But our bodies and minds need rest to perform their best. So a little R&R is always a good thing. Thanks for the comment!

  3. This article is exactly what I needed to read! I am a fiction writer who pays the bills by writing content for small businesses and nonprofits. By the time I finish with my day’s assignments, I can’t bear the thought of working on my creative projects. I like the writer’s group idea…maybe I need to find motivation from others since I’m presently lacking in self-motivation!

    • I’m glad this post helped you, Cari. Being surrounded by other writers can be very helpful in generating new ideas or learning about tips and tricks that you might not have discovered on your own. There’s bound to be a local writer’s group in your area and if there isn’t, you can start one yourself!

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