5 Surprising Tips on How to Resume Writing After a Long Break
Get back into your writing groove even if you have not written anything in two years
For students, the toughest time to read is when you are fresh in school from a long break. It’s hard to concentrate and get the reading done. Digesting two pages of course content is a headache, and pouncing on a chapter is a battle.
Your favourite places are library halls and reading rooms because you are “roaming for a network.” Perhaps, you could call it the calibration of the body and soul to a condition that can confidently assure you of assimilation. The same is true when you plan to resume active writing after a long break.
For writers, taking a protracted break from writing can happen due to several reasons. It could result from a barrage of unforeseen contingencies or a product of sheer laziness. Regardless of the cause of the break, when resumption beckons, it’s usually the hardest part.
Asides the tendency to churn out insipid works, you grapple for the right words to express your thoughts, you suffer from an absence of punchlines, and the drought of inspiration. Some of your readers wonder why your recent works are so bland and shallow. It’s a pathetic state.
What if I can show you how to insert the key in the ignition and jump-start your writing engine? Yes, that’s why I am here. Let’s see five simple tips that will stimulate your resumption after a long break.
Write about the things you are grateful for
The goal is to get you to write, and you can start by writing about the things you are grateful for. If you think genuinely, you will discover a long list of things that fuels your gratitude.
You can write at least three sentences about each item on the list to express the details of your euphoric feeling. If you are still struggling to find the right sentences, think of your closest friends, family members, and interests.
From a general level, go more in-depth to the degree that exudes a detailed description of what makes you go head over heels about the things you are grateful for. Furthermore, researchers have shown that keeping a gratitude journal can make you more optimistic and happier about life.
Summarize lessons from your favourite book
It’s advisable to read as much as you can while trying to revive your creative juices. You can re-read some of your favourite books or read a new one from your wish list.
If you are still stuck, you can start with my library. From your latest read, you can create a summary of the key points from the book, and you can also itemize lessons that you would love to apply to your life.
During this exercise, focus on writing your reflections either by supporting or disagreeing with the author’s standpoint. In all, let your voice stand out and shun mindless lifting. Don’t fall into the trap of rewriting the author’s work verbatim because that’s not writing; it is called photocopying.
Share about an unforgettable experience
As you go about your life, you will have some unforgettable moments etched in your memories. Either they are broken shards of events that happened recently or in the distant past, but they seem not to get out of your head. You can embrace these memories and give them life by writing about them.
Asides reliving these moments, you also flex your writing muscles and paint images of your sacred moments in letters. When you are finally done with this exercise, it will leave you levitating in a creative atmosphere with your lungs full of euphoria. It’s a magical feeling! I have tried this trick on some of my writing clients, and it works all the time. When you are done writing this piece, remember to share it with your community.
Comment on your favourite quote
I have some quotes that are stuck in my head — I love them because they inspire me. You might have just one quote that gives you goosebumps or motivates you to chase your crazy dreams. This is the time to bring such quotes from the dusty shelves to the front porches. Take time to think about one of these quotes and write at least 300 words on what the quote means to you.
This is a deep dive into a world of reflections, and you are rewarded with penned thoughts inherited from a face-off with a hurricane of emotions. Are you still thinking of a quote? What if I challenge you to start with this fantastic quote from German-American poet, Charles Bukowski:
“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
Write a letter to your younger self
If you are in a position to advise your younger self, what will you say? This is a fun-filled exercise. The last time I did this exercise, it got me reeling in laughter and trust me, I had so much to say to my younger self. By the time I was done with the young lad, I have garnered close to 500 words.
Just some tips to getting you going: focus on your eccentricities, expose your childhood adventures, and flog your youthful exuberance with words of discipline. Here’s an excellent place to start: celebrities you admire took time to advise a younger version of themselves — from Oprah Winfrey to Gabrielle Union.
If you can engage in two or more of these exercises, you will be amazed at how quickly you find your writing frequency. You will be surprised at the pace of your pen sprinting like Usain Bolt on a blank paper.
Give yourself some time, enjoy the process, and you will soon find yourself grooving in a pool of inspired letters. You can also share some of these new write-ups on your social media account and let your audience have a feel of your seasoned thoughts.
If you have some other tips that you think will be of great help to a writer launching out of a sabbatical, kindly drop them in the comment section below. Gracias!
This article was originally published by Samuel osho on medium.
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