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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