1. Take a long hot bath or shower. Add in a scent that is calming to you, like Lavender, or Clove. Stay there for at least 20 minutes, and only focus on the sensations going on around you. Now take one character you are currently writing about, preferably the one you are struggling most to write. Put them in that same bath and write how they would feel and perceive this. This activity helps promote relaxation in you while getting you a little closer to a character you are struggling with.
2. Write down 10 things you are grateful for. Now post this on your website/Facebook/twitter/blog. Seeing the good things in your life will help you have a different outlook on things. This activity will also help your audience get to know you more, and feel a little more connected with you.
3. Grab a journal and take a walk outdoors, anywhere. Write down 10 things you see, 5 things you hear, 5 things you smell, 3 things you feel (like tree bark or a cold park bench), 2 things you can taste (dirt in the air), and 5 emotions this brings up. This will help you later when building a scene in a similar setting while getting you disconnected and giving you time to relax.
4. Write to someone you love: a friend, spouse, grandparent, and send that letter. You will make their day. Do nothing else but remember who is important to you.
5. De-clutter your office or desk. A cluttered space can often lead to a cluttered mind. Getting things organized in your life can help you get a fresh start in writing.
6. Get off social media, grab a camera, and go on an adventure. Visit a theme park. A mall. The pool. Take a walk in the woods. Take photos of everything interesting. The next day, schedule posts using a media scheduling app or website and set it up to post a photo every day with a caption of why you took it. This breaks up constant marketing and gives readers more chances to connect with you. This also gives you a reason to have a fun, social media free day, while not taking away from your working or marketing.
7. Make a list of short-term goals, then post it. Let your following keep you accountable. Also, post when you achieve a goal. Get the hype up. This will positively reinforce you while motivating you to complete goals.
8. Slow down and sit and watch the sunset, every day. Or, if you don’t like sunsets, pick something you do like. The point is, you are taking time for you. Stop and smell the roses. Get grounded in place and time, because all too often we are swept off our feet with work and goals as life passes us by.
9. Start a new reading plan. Pick 1 fiction book relative to your genre, 1 reference book, 1 best-seller, and one from an upcoming author that isn’t related to your genre. Read until you finish all four. Why? The fiction and reference book will help you improve your writing and get better in your genre. The best-seller allows you to see what people are interested in now and what writing style is selling. The book unrelated from an upcoming author is a break. It’s something fresh and allows your brain to branch out.
10. Get rid of five things you never use. This helps declutter your home and will in turn help declutter your life. Consider live streaming it to your fans. Encourage them to get rid of things they no longer use as well.
11. Get some sun. Vitamin D is important, but also sunlight helps stimulates the brain. Getting a nice dose of REAL sun can help refresh and stimulate your creativity.
12. Unsubscribe to unnecessary email. They create digital clutter that takes time out of your day to delete. Or worse, they stay forever, making each email you really want harder to find. Unnecessary emails are like inbox fog. Also, after you get done, look at the ones you do want to keep subscribed to, and determine why. Consider sharing these with your network and/or followers.
13. Send an encouraging email, letter, or text to other upcoming writers. Encourage them. Remember, they one day may be the next Stephen King.
14. Wake up 30 minutes earlier to write, about anything. Let the creativity flow and don’t worry about where it’s going or if it has anything to do with anything else you’ve written. Let the whispers of your brain free.
15. Plan a coffee date with a friend. We all get lost in our work and it’s easy to neglect friends and family in the process. Get reconnected.
16. Make a Complaint Jar and set a goal to not complain all day. Keep the jar up for a month and every time you go a day without complaining about anything, add a dollar. At the end of the month you’ll ideally have 30-ish dollars. Make plans to treat yourself.
17. Update/Create a writing playlist. Consider making different playlists for different scenes you tend to write. Fast paced intense music for fight scenes. Gentle and relaxing music for slow scenes. Happy and lively music for comedy.
18. Make yourself a full English Breakfast and don’t worry about the dishes. Treating yourself now and then to things you usually wouldn’t do is a great way to refresh without over indulging. Remember, with treating yourself, if you do it too often, it becomes normal and is no longer a treat. It’s like going to Disneyland every day for over a month. The way to keep refreshers refreshing is to do them sparingly. If breakfast comes out looking good, consider sharing photos on social media. Sunday is a great day for sharing recipes.
19. Tackle one thing you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s editing, finishing a novel, or rewriting a chapter. Tackle this, even if you don’t or can’t finish it today. We often get clogged up with things we’re avoiding, and soon it becomes too overwhelming so they go onto the lists of things we never do.
20. Research something new. Don’t know much about a country you’d like to write about? Research it. Watch a documentary. A time period you want to write for a historical novel? Go to the library. Spend the day researching and taking notes. This helps expand you as an author, but also allows your brain to absorb something new. When we stop learning we stop growing.
21. Don’t overthink, and practice being in the moment. For the first time doing this, I always suggest the Oreo challenge. Every time you catch yourself thinking outside of the present, put an Oreo from the package into the cookie jar. At the end of the day you can eat all the cookies left in the package, but not the cookie jar. This uses the reward system. Remember to always leave one Oreo in the package no matter what, so that even if you failed, the day is not lost. Always remember, even if you think you failed, the day is not lost.
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