How To Write When You Have Literally No Inspiration


Some call it Writer’s Block™ – but that term is so overused, I’m definitely going to call it I Have No Inspiration To Write™. Y’all, this is a common debacle that every writer faces at one time or another. Whether you’re writing a novel or a blog post, the time may come when your creative mind trudges to a grinding halt. I CAN RELATE TO THE FEELING. Right this moment, in fact. (I’m losing inspiration for my novel AND this blog post tbh.)

But THERE IS HOPE, MY FRENS. I have learned how to overcome these inconvenient obstacles so that Writers Block™ doesn’t completely destroy my life. AND NOW NO DOUBT YOU WANT MY SECRETS. But my frens, you can’t have waffles AND sagacious advice. You have to choose one or the other. (I obviously chose waffles and this is why all sagacious advice is 100% fabricated by yours truly. Believe at your own risk.)


Non-inspiration is kind of like inspiration. Only the exact opposite. (#LOGIC) If you are inspired by something, then you can also be uninspired by something. Maybe you’re simply losing motivation for your novel? Maybe you’re unsure about the story? Is it even good? Maybe you’ve been busy and your novel has been neglected for days or even weeks? Maybe you're feeling like tHE WORST FAILURE EVER??


I cannot answer this question for you, my frens. YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. But contemplating this question COULD help you to get out of that Writer’s Block™ rut. Now let’s figure out how to write when we have literally no inspiration.


ELIMINATE THE UNINSPIRING THINGS IN YO LIFE

Hopefully by now you’ve identified SOMETHING in your life that’s making you feel gloomy about your writing. For me, I’ve been sick for the past week and WOW THAT’S VERY INSPIRING, RIGHT?? No. Unfortunately I can’t snap my fingers and feel amazing, but as I recover each day, I’m beginning to feel more and more inspired. SO THERE. Being sick makes me really depressed. I’ve identified the source of non-inspiration and am (slowly) giving it the boot.


LAVISH YOSELF (OR YO BOOK) IN PRAISE

Nothing is more motivating than being told hoW FREAKING AWESOME YOU ARE. This kind of reaffirmation can come from your family, your frens, or ME. For goodness sakes, TELL ME WHEN YOU NEED SOME ENCOURAGEMENT. LET THE WAFFLE QUEEN SHOW YOU HOW AMAZING YOU ARE. Sometimes when I’m feeling particularly down on my writing, it really helps me to go back to old comments I’ve received on bits of writing I’ve shared over the years (fanfic, snippets, short stories, whatever.) If you don’t feel refreshed after reading people being like “adsfhjfksla your WRITING IS SO GOOD WHAT ASLKDLFJ” then idk who you are.



REMEMBER THE REASON WHY YOU LOVE WRITING

This can be kind of tough sometimes – especially for those of us who plan on making a career out of writing. Oftentimes writing becomes this thing that I “have to do” rather than something I “get to do.” Writing is an honor and a luxury. Yes, it is horribly difficult at times – but it is also a blessing. I started writing stories when I was about six years old and I never stopped. Have I made any money off my writing in the past thirteen years? LOL NOPE. But yet I continue to do it. Why?? Because I have a sick fancy. AND I FREAKING LOVE WRITING. So next time you’re feeling burnt out when you sit down to write, REMEMBER THE WHY. 


SOMETIMES THE VERY THING YOU NEED IS THE VERY THING YOU THINK YOU DON’T NEED.

Y’all, I have a confession to make: I HAVE NO CHILL MODE. When I’m feeling stressed* and someone suggests that I should “take a break” I’m like LOLOLOL DON’T SPEAK TO ME DEVIL. (It’s obviously not healthy, but my Pride™ objects to change.) Even though EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING CRINGES at the thought of putting aside work to reboot, I resign myself to the harsh reality that sometimes I don’t know what’s best for myself. Sometimes tea and a Downton Abbey marathon is what I need to get back in the groove of writing. IT FEELS HORRIBLY CHILL, BUT I PROMISE IT WORKS. Sometimes you just need to quit. For five minutes.




MAKE A PLAYLIST

I am lowkey obsessed with making book-themed playlists. My work-in-progress isn’t LEGIT until I make a playlist stuffed full of inspiring music that reminds me of said work-in-progress. I’m a very musical person (bc you didn’t know yet) so THIS REALLY HELPS ME. But something else might help you just as much. Such as…


MAKE AN AESTHETIC BOARD

Aesthetic boards is what I’m all about, bro. THEY WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE 100000% BETTER GUARANTEED. If you have no idea where to start with making an aesthetic board, I wrote a handy post all about it. Pinterest is kind of my second home** so I consider myself kind of an expert. BUT! If aesthetic boards aren’t your jam, try making ANYTHING THAT INSPIRES YOU. This includes but is certainly not limited to: small fires, knitted socks, movies, messes, and/or waffles.

*my current emotion 25/8
**or maybe it’s my first home??? idk reality is probably plan b.



WHO NEEDS TO BE INSPIRED TO WRITE??

Some of us can write on demand. If absolutely NOTHING ELSE works for you, DO THIS. Watch some motivational speech videos on YouTube, grab you manuscript and GO TO WAR. Even if your writing absolutely sucks and you feel slaughtered from the inside out when you’re finished, HEY. AT LEAST YOU WROTE SOMETHING. AND YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD WRITER’S BLOCK™ LOLOLOL. YOU WIN.

What is your best cure for Writer’s Block™? DO SHARE BECAUSE I OBVIOUSLY NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET. Do you make book playlists? Aesthetic boards?? Do you have trouble finding your chill mode? Please help me find mine. IT RAN OFF ON MY SECOND BIRTHDAY AND NEVER CAME BACK.

love,
abbiee

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  1. Haha I love this! Feel better =)

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    1. Thank you, Hailey!! <3

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  2. *follows list of steps to be inspired immediately* Thanks girl!

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    1. I hope this was helpful to you Vanessa!! <3 Thank you for reading!

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  3. Good advice. :) Inspiration can be a tricky thing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura! Inspiration certainly is a tricky thing.

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  4. Haha, I needed to hear this. :D The problem I have right now if when you finish a FANTASTIC book and then feel so uninspired to write because you wish your novel was just like the one you finished. :P I know I ought not to feel that way, but there are just SOME books, you know? Too much amazingness!

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    1. Mmm yes I can definitely relate to that feeling, Natalie!! Comparison is hard. I do it way too much. :') I'M SURE YOUR NOVEL IS AWESOME AND UNIQUE. <3 Thank you so much for reading!!

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    2. Aww, thanks! :D

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  5. I love these tips. This is what I need to hear.

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked this post, Sarah!! <3

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  6. PLAYLISTS AND PINTEREST BOARDS ARE AMAZING. I recently got over a huge bout of writer's block, and I did it by (this is a bit odd) switching the tense in which I was writing. I had been writing everything in past tense, but I started writing in present instead. It just made the whole practice of writing feel fresh and new again, as I was exploring a style of writing I'd never tried before! I realize this definitely won't work for everyone, but for me it's been a life saver. I also find it's a lot easier for me to be succinct and clear when I'm writing in present tense. :)

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. YAAAAS. GIVE ME ALL THE PLAYLISTS AND PINTEREST BOARDS. <3 best inspiration ever tbh. Oooh I can see how switching tenses would help!! That's a really interesting idea. I LOVE PRESENT TENSE. :') Thank you for reading, Ellie!

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  7. OKAY WHEN I SAW THIS TITLE I LITERALLY WANTED TO SHOUT FOR JOY because I've been stuck in a very uninspiring mood lately. THANK YOU WAFFLE QUEEN!!!!

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    1. EEEEP I'M SO HAPPY THIS POST HELPED YOU DEAR. <3

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  8. That last line made me laugh out loud. I'm pretty sure the same thing happened to my 'chill mode'. You know, if I ever had one to begin with. Because of that, I pretty much plough through; whether I feel uninspired or not, but playlists do help a lot. They definitely rejuvenate when you've lost the emotions of a story. But hey, when you're sick, you're just gonna feel crummy. I'm sure your story will come back to haunt you when you rid yourself of sniffles/coughs/whatever.

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    1. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE WITHOUT OUR CHILL MODES?? IT'S TERRIBLY INCONVENIENT. :'''') Playlists are lifesavers for sure!! I LOVE MY PLAYLISTS. And yes that's very true about being sick -- everything is just depressing lol. Thank you so much for reading, girl!!

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  9. hahahahahahahahahaha

    *slowly sneaks away undetected*

    wat no im not avoiding writing my book hahahaha what no no where did u get that idea :)))))))))))00

    (spot on. i just need to WRITE instead of running away whoops. lolz. starting a new book has been hard because i haven't written in so long. squee.)
    x

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    1. LOL THE STRUGGLE IS SO REAL. :') That's so exciting that you started a new book!! *high fives* Best of luck, dear!!

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  10. OMG THIS LIST WAS MUCHLY NEEDED IN MY LIFE AT THIS TIME. I am feeling sooooo uninspired but I am going to go and GET ME SOME INSPIRATION. Thinking of some positive mantras as we speak to get those vibes flowing. THANK YOU.

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    1. YAY I'M SO HAPPY THIS POST INSPIRED YOU ESTHER. :) Thank you so much!! Positive mantras are awesome and sooo powerful. *gives you waffles* Happy writing!

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  11. YAAASSSSSS!!!! This was literally me:
    *goes to inbox* *sighs because no posts to read* *reloads page* OHMYGOSHABBIEEPOSTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *GOES TO READ IT AS FAST AS POSSIBLE* *ABOUT TO COMMENT* *CAN'T COMMENT BECAUSE OF LIFE STARTING* *WAILING AND SOBBING*
    ...
    *COMMENTING NOW*

    Okay sorry that was a lot of starred actions, but really that was me, and I WISH I COULD HAVE COMMENTED SOONER but I had to do SO much stuff. LIFE IS SO MEAN.
    But anyway, this was SUCH a great post!!

    "Non-inspiration is kind of like inspiration. Only the exact opposite. (#LOGIC)" I NEED THAT ON A T-SHIRT. NEEED! IT IS SO TRUE AND THE BEST THING EVER.

    That is SO sweet of you, dear!! I will definitely be coming to you next time I am uninspired and like a failure in writing. PLEASE do the same for me!!! Seriously, ANY time you want, you can comment on my blog, or shoot me an email, or I DUNNO, but DO IT, because us writerly folk need to stick together and encourage eachother. (my email is e5eckstine@gmail.com) Though, really, all I need to do to get inspired in look at your pintrest boards or even just read on of your posts!! You are very inspiring, Abbiee. It's awesome.

    Really, I agree with protocol #2, the Reboot. I find that if I FORCE myself to write, or draw or anything I END UP MAKING MYSELF WORSE. I just have to take a break. And it IS hard!! I have to go around and read a few AWESOME posts by you, or Cait. I have heard taking a walk outside can inspire?? But who has time for outside? Plus, it's cold this time of year.... so... yehh. :)
    Reading other books also helps me get inspired. JUST GO TO THE LIBRARY AND GO WILD. GET 10 BOOKS. IT'S OKAY, I WONT TELL ON YOU. (True story: Every time I come back from the library I get at least 9 books. It's really kind of not good. But not really, because BOOKS. Duh.)
    I am so so so sorry, but I haven't seen any Chill Modes in a while! (Not even mine, this could prove to be a problem...) If I see any extra, I'll be sure to send them your way, though! ;)

    OH! I wanted to tell you, I started watching Poldark with my family!!! I think you have mentioned it before, and used some pictures (because fantastic hair+kili= duh) AND I LOVE IT SO FAR. We just finished the fourth episode last night! It's GREAT. Now I have only to start Downtown Abbey then I can finally understand what all the hype is about.

    ANYway, FANTASTIC post!!! LOVED the pictures and gifs.
    -E

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    1. DUDE YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO ME THAT YOU ENJOY READING MY BLOG SO MUCH like can I cry and give you waffles forever because I'm going to ok <3333333333 *hugs u a lot* AHHAHAH YES THAT WOULD MAKE A GOOD T-SHIRT. omgggg you are seriously too kind I cannot handle :''''') I'm so happy my blog and Pinterest boards inspire you!! asdfghjkl <3 and I'll totally take you up on that email idea! We certainly do need to encourage each other in our writerly struggles. Oooh yes walking or any kind of exercise really helps me to clear my head and reboot! And if I'm annoyed, punching a heavybag is particularly yummy. (muahahha.) LIBRARIES ARE A GOOD CURE FOR ANYTHING TBH. <333 Oh yes DEFINITELY send me a Chill Mode if you see one skulking around. ;) I HAVE NEEDS. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS YOU STARTED WATCHING POLDARK THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY OMG <333333 right??? Aiden's hair is probably the most beautiful thing ever. :''''') AND THE FIRST FOUR EPISODE OF SEASON 1 ARE LIKE MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SOOOOO YESASDHKASJFLKDJS *flails happily* Ooh yes and Downton Abbey!!! UR LIFE IS ABOUT TO BECOME 145678234789 TIMES BETTER I PROMISE. *moar hugs* Thank you for reading, dear!!

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    2. I DO. I LVE YOUR BLOG TO DEATH. EXCEPT NOT LITERALLY, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE TORTURE!!! *EATS ALL THE WAFFLES* *HUGS U BACK* Seriously, I need to design that. *goes to find t-shirt designing website thingy immediately* YES they DO! (oh, and I love your Lunar Chronicle boards! I just finished reading those books, and gaahh!!! SO good!)
      Please do, dearie!! I would love you to! The world of plot-bunnies and writing-blocks and plot-HOLES and the deathly editing process are too much for any one person to handle! email me ANY time.
      I FEEL YOU. I FEEL YOU SO MUCH. I REALLY NEED T GET MYSELF A HEAVYBAG BECAUSE OTHERWISE I WILL START PUNCHING WALLS. And that will hurt.
      TRUE STORY! I just changed my desktop picture to a bookshelf with a bunch of random thingys and BOOOKs of course crammed onto every shelf and the words 'when in doubt, go to the library' IT IS THE BEST. I'll be sure to do so!! Chill Modes are particularily feindish, despite their names. ;)
      I KNOOOOWWWW!!!!!!!!! HE'S REALLY GOT IT THE HAIR. THEY ARE GREAT!! Oh hey, I wondered, my grandma said the last two episodes are not good?? that they ruin the rest of the series or something???? IS THIS THE TRUTH???????????? BECAUSE IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ROSS AND/OR DEMELZA AND THEIR BABY I WILL KILL SOMEONE OR SOMETHING, OR MAYBE JUST CONQUER A COUPLE THOUSAND PLANETS IN A DAY.
      Let's see if I can find a way to watch it!!! I don't have netflix so... I DON'T KNOW. I WILL BE SO SAD IF I CAN'T.
      You are so entirely welcome, Abbiee. Thank YOU for posting and replying to my comments and being so FREAKISHLY FANTASTICALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Dude I'm ALWAYS allll the uninspired. Constantly. *mutters bitterly* Scrolling through my Pinterest boards usually helps, though, because those visuals???? Sigh.

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    1. PINTEREST IS SO HELPFUL OMG WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT IT??? perish i suppose :'''') Thank you for reading, dude!!

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  13. I just found your blog, and you might just be the coolest person on the internet!

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    1. OH MY GOSH RYAN YOU'RE SO KIND. Thank you for reading!! :)

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  14. I needed this so much right now <3

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    1. YAY!! I'm so happy this post helped you! <3333

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  15. First off, I'M SO SORRY YOU'VE BEEN SICK MY LOVELY WAFFLE QUEEN. <3

    Second, this post literally came at the perfect time. I'm about to delve back into my novel, and it's probably going to be a nightmare, SO I WILL PROBABLY BE SPENDING LOTS OF TIME REREADING THIS LOVELY POST OF YOURS. <3

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  16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA CHILL MODE WHAT EVEN IS THAT. And there are obvs other things to say in response to this post but too bad. :D

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kind words are like raindrops on the desert. they make me bloom with happiness, as absolutely cliche and cheesy as that sounds. even if it's just a simple alt+3 i will heart you for it. so, go ahead! MAKE MY DAY. literally.