5 tips on getting your writing mojo back

Monday, 25 July 2016

When I'm in a writing slump I spend a lot of time on the internet fuelling my brain with creative things just to try and jumpstart it into action. Here's a list of my favourite things to do when I've lost my mojo and I'm feeling generally uncreative and unmotivated.

Note: these tips are generally aimed at those who write fiction.

Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak via Wikimedia Commons

1. Play around with some name generators
What would I do without online name generators? I use them for naming everything, from people to pubs to mountains and rivers. Sometimes, even if I'm not planning on writing, I'll check out a couple of name generators and just note down some interesting results for future reference. Sometimes randomly generating character names can give you all sorts of ideas. Here are a few of my personal favourites (which many writers may already be familiar with): Seventh Sanctum (pretty much everything), Mithril & Mages (places, people, cities, businesses, streets and roads), Town Name Generator, Fantasy Name Generator, Street Name Generator (absolutely fantastic), Serendipity (places and people), and Random Plot Points.

2. Try creating a fictional (or real) family tree
Honestly nothing beats this. Family Echo is a wonderful site and is incredibly useful for writers, especially those with a lot characters that interlink (think A Song of Ice and Fire). It might also be useful to put together your own family tree; you might find something interesting about an ancestor that might give you some inspiration. If you have a story idea already, try planning the protagonist's or antagonist's family tree. There are no rules to this, so go nuts.

3. Click random Wikipedia articles
Click the 'Random article' button on the Wikipedia home page (in the side bar) and see where it takes you. Might take you a while to find something interesting and worth reading, but you never know what you might stumble upon.

4. Browse Pinterest
The website is a haven for creativity. You can browse or create your own boards dedicated to character/world building, writing tips, and inspiration. I have a private board on my Pinterest page where I Pin costume ideas, face references, interesting settings, and moody photography that suits my story. If you're not in the mindset to write, putting together a visual mood board can help and be a lot of fun.

5. Have a go at some writing prompts
I have noticed a lot of my tips don't involve much actual writing (lol oops), but when I'm feeling bleugh about writing I tend to stay away from it because when I write through a block it makes me irritable and I get really frustrated with myself, and neither of those are good feelings so I just stick to good ol' Pinterest - BUT - Reddit has a brilliant writing prompts subreddit that I enjoy browsing when I'm in a writing rut. The prompts on there are funny, clever, and thought-provoking. It's my favourite prompt site. The good thing about a writing prompt is that there aren't any rules: you can make it long, short, dramatic, funny, sad, or even x-rated(!). It's all up to you.

Hope some of you find my writing tips helpful.


Kate

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