5 Things To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

Overworked business man.

Let’s face it, there are some days where you simply would rather juggle rattlesnakes than put words on the page.

This is normal.

This is all part of the process.

Every single writer on the planet feels like this at times.

So what can you do about it? (I highly recommend not throwing your computer, even if you want to.)

1. Talk it out.

There are many voice dictation software apps you can use. One of the best is Dragon Dictation (free for iOS and Android). Is it perfect? No, it’s not. But it can be really handy. I wrote a good portion of this book using this approach. It definitely works. So if you’ve got a commute, instead of listening to music, now you can just listen to the sound of your own sweet voice.

2. Hit the road. 

A change of scenery can do wonders. Instead of working at your desk, go to the coffee shop. Go to the library. If the weather is nice, write outdoors. Writers–myself included–often spend too much time alone. You have to interact with other people in REAL life, not just the ones in your head.

3. Write anyways.

This is what separates the real writers from the amateurs. Maybe you feel you have nothing to say. In most of those cases, it is really just fear and you need to get your thoughts down on paper. Have a “inspiration file” filled with prompts and ideas. Copy out a chapter or two of a book that you really admire. There are a million ways to get the creative ball rolling.

Even just a few words on the page is better than nothing. Morning pages by Julia Cameron is a great way to get into the “write anyways” habit. Writing only when you’re inspired is a fantastic way to never finish anything.

4. Watch a movie.

You have to be really careful with this one or you’ll find yourself spending hours on Netflix. Some writers are more visual, so watching a movie can be a good way to get the creative juices flowing. Here’s the catch: If you’re going to do this, you’ve GOT TO TAKE NOTES. No mindless vegging on the couch. You must stay engaged and keep your mind moving, okay?

5. Listen to music.

There’s something incredible about music that can move you in ways that even words can’t express. Since creativity often leads to more creativity, why not give your favorite record a spin? It’s a really simple way to find some inspiration.

But here’s the VERY BEST way…

In my experience, the BEST way to write when you don’t feel like it is to have some accountability.

Let’s face it, when you set a deadline and there is no consequence for breaking it, you are much more likely to let the deadline get pushed back.

This nasty habit completely destroys your confidence.

Soon you start to wonder if you can ever finish anything.

When you have rock-solid support and accountability, you suddenly have extra momentum around your writing.

To help with this, soon I’ll be starting the next 90-Day Writers Mastermind with my good friend Kent Sanders. Kent is one of the brightest and most creative people I know. He’s also the author of The Artist’s Suitcase and editor for The Good Men Project.

For just the cost of a cup of coffee each day you can have not one but TWO writing coaches cheering you on.

Pretty awesome, right?

Don’t you want to see how much you can grow over the next three months instead of staying stuck?

You’ll get a private coaching session with Kent and myself as well as group calls and we’ll even edit some of your writing too.

It’s time to step forward with confidence and say, “I’m a real writer. This is not a hobby.”

Hurry as we are limiting the group to a maximum of 6 people so you can get the personal attention you deserve.

Do you have any tips for what you do when you don’t feel like writing? Please share in the comments.


  3 comments for “5 Things To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

  1. David Mike
    March 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

    This is an awesome list!

  2. December 8, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Thank you very much. Really love this.

  3. December 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Great ideas. Another one that I do is check out my Feedly reading list and try to find some inspiring stuff on there to get me going for the day!

    This is a great list thoug!

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