I once did a post on writing every day, and this is going to be somewhat similar. However, in this one I’m going to give some other ways to write if your novel is driving you mad, and/or your characters have gone AWOL and you just can’t be bothered right now.
Sometimes, you want to write, but don’t want to write at the same time, yeah? Here’s some ways you can write without it feeling like writing:
- Write a letter! This one is so simple to do, especially as it brings pleasure to both you and the recipient. And you can make it as pretty or simple as you like, and all you need is a piece of paper, pen, envelope, and stamp and off you go! It’s also a great way to reconnect with old friends, or penpals, or even send a letter to your SO!
- Write a book review! Similarly to the letter, you’re helping both yourself and the writer. And perhaps some readers as well! It’s also great for doing some structure activities, and you’ll be able to think about some awesome adjectives and phrasing mechanisms too. Book reviews are very technical, when you think about it!
- Write a piece of non-fiction about something that interests you. You’ll also pick up researching skills, but you’ll be interested so you’ll hopefully get some words down, and you’ll also have something good to show at the end of it!
- Write some background histories or ‘fanfictions’ of your characters. Okay, so this one is kind of cheating, as it’s about your book, but it might help you to get back into the swing of things if you want to stay book-orientated. I put ‘fanfictions’ in inverted commas because, seeing as you’re the original author, is it really fanfiction or just new canon? Something for you to ponder on… 😉
So those are some ideas for you, folks! Do you have any more? Let me know in the comments (I’d LOVE to hear them!). What do you do when you don’t want to write your book, but want to write something?