Top Ten Ways to Get Your Words Flowing Again

Posted: November 12, 2011 in The Birth of a Book: an author's journey
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Top Ten Ways to Get Your Words Flowing Again

So.. it’s one of those days and the words just won’t come. Here are my top ten favorite ways to get things moving again. Feel free to comment with your own.

10. Every 30 min. take a moment to stretch, move your body and your eyes from a sitting and staring position.
9. Actually get some sunshine.
8. Love your thesaurus!!!!
7. Go back over what you have written and replace boring verbs and adverbs with powerful stand alone verbs (i.e. He walked quickly into the store… He sprinted into the store.)
6. Use a good ole paper and pen and list 5 possible surprise twists for your story… You never know where one might lead.
5. Pick up a book from your favorite author. Reading someone you respect can remind you of all the right things to do.
4. Let someone you trust read your work and give you a fresh perspective.
3. Don’t hold back your words when they are flowing. If you are afraid to write a funny or suspenseful scene for fear of how it may turn out… do it anyway. You can always delete later with no one the wiser, but DON”T STOP the FLOW!
2. If a character or part of the plot is repeatedly problematic, don’t be afraid to take them out!
1. If things continue to not work, set it aside for a while and take up a physically active hobby. It will still be there tomorrow or next week. The brain needs a healthy supply of oxygen to keep the blood and words flowing!!! Don’t become sedentary in word or deed.

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Comments
  1. Jessica F. Jones says:

    Good idea! Especially love the physical movement and keeping that going.

    So important.

  2. Jessica F. Jones says:

    Yay for new theme! You should put that great picture on your About page too.

  3. Walt M says:

    I particularly like the first one as I could definitely use the exercise. 🙂

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