Stuck in a Rut? Keep a Schedule


“I constantly find myself stuck in a rut that is very hard to get out of. That being, it most certainly hinders the way my creative process works.”

Writing is hard. Anyone that fails to acknowledge that has never had to sit down and try to come up with a whole world, a set of characters, and an enrapturing situation that may or may not exist. I am terrible when it comes to keeping a schedule, but I try. Effort is necessary to get things done, and I usually spend a lot of time sitting around feeling like I don’t want to do anything. Though, that is not because I do not thoroughly enjoy writing, it is because I am much more lazy than I’d like to admit.

Finding myself in such situations can cause a long time that I remain unproductive. Currently, my keyboard is still recovering from NaNoWriMo. (Actually, I’m sure that it’s more than that, for there is half of my keyboard that doesn’t work). Note to self: Don’t get such a light laptop. Anyway, I have an app on my phone that gives a great overview of my To-Do list. The app is called “Do!” and I make sure to make a detailed list of everything that needs to get done. Regardless if the only thing I need to get done is write a few words in my novel. It is very important to remember that you give yourself some time to just put some words down on paper. Don’t worry about fixing it all right now, for you have all the time in the world to make changes.

If you also find yourself stuck in a rut or are suffering from writer’s block, give yourself some time to relax, but then make the effort to do something. For you’re the only one that can make the change, and I need to start taking my own advice.

Love, Anisa Nasir (3)

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