Updated: Oct 9, 2019
It's not always easy to sit down and create, but if you want to make a career out of your writing, you need to sit down and write words. That's as clear as I can be. I understand how you can stall out though. There's nothing worse than staring at a blank computer screen and having no idea where to go. Here are some idea to get your juices flowing!
Journaling- This isn't something that I do, generally, but I have several friends that do this religiously. It gets them into the mood to write and gives them direction for the day.
Maybe your passion is blogging.
Outlining/ending in the middle of a scene- If you are a plotter, meaning you outline every part of your book, sometimes that makes the writing process easier. You know exactly where the characters are going.
Plotting gives me the scratch, though. I DON'T want to know where my characters are going or what they're going to say. It takes the shine out of writing the love story! I DO end my writing at a point where it will be easy to jump back into, either in the middle of a conversation or scene.
Multiple projects- People look at me oddly when I tell them I work on as many as 5 projects at a time, but it's a process that works for me. I use Scrivener to write with and it makes it easy to jump from project to project. If I run into a roadblock I switch directions and work on something that is flowing easier. Your subconscious will be working on the problem you left behind, whether you realize it or not.
Getting into nature-I work outside as much as possible. Even when it's sliding into the 40s or 30s, I put a heater beneath my writing table to stay warm. Writing outside keeps your mind stimulated.
Working out of your element- even just getting out of your normal writing environment sometimes help the creative juices flow. I love to go to coffee shops and having people around me working encourages ME to work, and not surf social media.
Showers/driving- getting completely away from the keyboard is necessary sometimes. Just be sure you have a way to jot down or dictate notes when inspiration strikes!
Reading- I think this is the most important stimulant. There's nothing better than reading an excellent book and being inspired to write like your favorite author!
What do you find helps keep you mentally stimulated?