A new month means a new topic for the sisters to tackle. This month, I pose the following question:
What to you do when you lose your writing mojo? Do you push through it and write no matter what, do you take a break, do you fret, do you commisurate with other writers, do you schedule an appointment with you local voodoo priestess? Dish, peeps.
Honestly, I’ve lost my mojo more than once. Certain situations leave me vulnerable to it.
- Facing a major revision
- Not having a shiny new idea
- Losing my confidence
- Reading something so good I couldn’t possibly come close to writing that well and getting discouraged
So, how do I combat being mojo-less?
I’d be lying if I told y’all I didn’t wallow in it. Of COURSE I wallow in it. I complain. I whine. I pout. (Charming, eh? I’m so mature, LOL!)
The key is that I don’t wallow in it excessively. I get the angst out (usually by talking to my writing pals and crit partners). Then they tell me to get back to it.
AND I DO!
As scary as it is to open that Word document, I do it.
And I write.
Whether it be 10 words or a 1000, I write. By the time I’m done, I usually feel better.
What are some other things I do to rebuild my mojo?
- Think about the progress I’ve made
- Re-read something I wrote that was really good
- Read novels in my genre
- Do something else (taking a break is NOT a bad thing…failing to get back to writing is)
- Remind myself why I’m doing this–for fun, because I want to, because I want to see my novels in print, because I can’t imagine not doing it
How about you? How do you find your mojo when it’s gone missing?