4 Things I Do To Move Past A Bad Writing Session

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This isn't what I was having a hard time writing. I put down 2,000 words in a word doc today and none of them say what I actually want to say. Right now, I'm driving down a metaphorical road and I keep missing my exit, not because I don't know which is my exit but because sometimes making a right turn feels impossible. 

I'm bordering on frustrated and defeated, and given that this a turn that is much harder to make myself back onto the highway from, I'm trying these other tactics instead. 

Writing something else

As I said, this blog post did not provoke my writing block, it's simply my reminder that I can in fact still put sentences together. Writing something else - something completely removed from what you've been working at - can help create distance and quiet the lies you're telling yourself about things you can't do. You can write. You can create. You just can't create the thing you want to create right now. 

Listen to a good podcast

Some of the writers I admire the most are songwriters because their anchor on story and the clarity with which they can take you on a journey in 3 minutes is enviable. Right now I'm listening to Nicolle Galyon's episode of "And The Writer Is..." she's talking about life as a writer and it's the best break from my life as a writer. 

Cry

I didn't plan this, but some days life comes through for you. I have a therapy session today and I plan to cry because some days tears clear the way for words. 

Try Again

A bad writing session can turn into a season of not wanting to write at all, very quickly. Schedule time to write again so that you're forcing yourself back into the pit that scares you. Staying away from it isn't going to help you move forward, it's going to keep your feet stuck in the mud. 

Find solace

It's okay to read your past writing and remind yourself that you're a good writer. It's okay to listen to lyrics you love, or read a book that sings to you, and remind yourself that someone out there wrote really good lines. You're in the same league as them. 

Bonus: think of them as sessions, not days

You can have multiple writing sessions in a single day. Breaking the day up in this way encourages you to not write the entire day off. It also grants perspective - you're more than a bad writing session, just think back to all the good writing sessions you've had.