Spring Into Action: 5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Creative Writing

Good news: Signs of spring are showing up almost everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere right now. Spring is a time of renewal and growth. It’s the perfect time to clean up, declutter, and refresh what’s gone stale sitting in a drawer or cupboard.

If you’re serious about your writing (and I know you are!), here are 5 things you can do during the next 5 days to re-jumpstart your writing:

1. Collect all your writings in one place. That might be in one file drawer, in a 3-ring binder, or in one folder on your computer titled “My Creative Writing.” It’s important to know what you have so you know where to begin.

2. Open up 3 of those half-started or almost complete documents and read them again.

3. What does the article, story, chapter, ebook or blog post need? Ask it what it needs. Listen. Then write down on a 3 x 5 card the next 3 steps you’ll take to work on 1 particular article, story, chapter, ebook or blog post. The act of writing down your next steps jumpstarts the process of continuing. When we KNOW what’s next, we attract exactly what we need through synchronicities.

4. Set aside 30 minutes on your calendar for the next 5 days. This is a time you’ll devote to writing. Don’t freak out! You don’t have to actually “write” during this 30 minute window. Depending on what you identified in #3 above, you may use this time for research, reflection, or reading. What matters is that you’re giving attention to your writing again.

5. Notice what you enjoyed about the process of 1-4 above. What was fun? What was difficult? What do you need to add or take away? Make a list. Journal about it.

And let me know what your results are.

Spring forward!!

I’ll be looking for your byline on an article somewhere soon.

 

6 thoughts on “Spring Into Action: 5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Creative Writing

  1. Great ideas Debra to resurrect those ideas we’ve set aside. I love the idea of writing down the next three steps. What a wonderful way to insure you’ll take action. Now I just have to do it. LOL!

  2. Great post, Debra.

    I think we all get to a point where we somehow pull away from our writing and need a kickstart to get back in the groove.

    I think going back to unfinished projects and breathing new life into them is a great place to start!

    • Thank you, Doreen. It means a lot to having your input and agreement. I’m excited to be breathing new life into several back burner ideas I’ve had percolating too.

  3. Hi Debra: Something amazing happened just before midnight, so I don’t know whether to call it today or yesterday.

    I’ve reconnected with a cousin and we’re now hooked up by e-mail. I’d sent her the link to my writer’s blog and suggested she take a look. She replied, thanking me for the nudge to get into blogging, as she’s apparently been wanting to do so for a long while. (I didn’t know this.) Anyway, in her reply to me, she sent me the link to your blog post and said she’d bookmarked it for inspiration. I clicked on the link and see that I made a comment here back in April! I wonder (doubt) my cousin would have seen that, but wonder if she is a conduit to reconnect you and me! Pls visit my blog. The current post is not surprisingly … about blogging!

    • Wow, I love this, Doreen. I’m so excited that your cousin reconnected us. I definitely feel this is a message for us to follow through on. Thanks for letting me know. I’ve posted on your blog and bookmarked you as a fave. xoxo Debra

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