Surviving Writing Slumps – Everything You Need to Know



by Elethwyn


Salutations, fellow elves and writers! Elethwyn is here today to share her thoughts, ideas, and tips for overcoming writing slumps.

Writing slumps – also known as writer’s block, also known as writing depression, also known as the-reason-future-Newberry-winners-gave-up-writing – is something all writers face. It’s when we lose that spark to write and find ourselves in a deep pit (or slump) of un-inspiration. Writing slumps can be a hard, somewhat depressing time when writers feel absolutely hopeless.

How on earth do we overcome it?


Don’t Stress

A writing slump is normal – you’re not alone! Every writer in the world struggles with this at some point, and it is certainly conquerable. Relax and don’t stress out – it’s only going to make your slump worse. Spend time outside, take photos, make a craft, reorganize your closet, or something else that takes your mind off of writing – for now.


Gather Ideas

Even if you aren’t writing, make sure you’re still gathering ideas. Write down all of your ideas, thoughts, and feelings. The ideas that come to you are important and can be used later, so make sure you record them!

One of the best things that helps me is to write out a list of options for my plot, characters, etc. Test out different writing methods to help reignite that writing spark.


Keep Reading

Even if you aren’t writing, keep reading! Keep the exposure to words coming! Reading is a thing nearly all writers love to do, and it can greatly help to inspire you.


Look for Inspiration

Be on the lookout for inspiration, even if it’s an autumn leaf slowly descending to the ground or a beautiful sunset. Most of my inspiration comes from things I love – my family, God’s creation, movies, and other books. Find what inspires you most and seek your inspiration from there.


When It Strikes, Utilize It

When inspiration strikes, don’t let it slip away! Write it down and use it to help you escape the slump you’re in. Use your inspiration to help you gain more and more inspiration – until you’re out of your slump. Taking photos or writing something are one of the best ways to utilize your inspiration.


A writing slump is hard and daunting, but we as writers are strong, and we can most definitely overcome it. Writing is truly something we love, and there’s no way that a writing slump is going to overcome us. With confidence, support, and creativity, we can overcome it.

If you’re struggling with a writing slump, I’d love to chat with you in the comments to help you figure out how to get through your writing slump.

Have you ever gone through a writing slump? How did you recover?





Guest post contributed by Elethwyn. Elethwyn enjoys writing, blogging, fangirling, reading, dolls, dancing, photography, and most of all, elven culture.

25 thoughts on “Surviving Writing Slumps – Everything You Need to Know

  1. Writing poetry has become the best way for me to survive the dreaded slumps. Whether the verse is good or bad, its a way to keep images alive in one’s head. It’s also an effective means of expressing feelings. Those feelings may well have to do with the very reason one is in a slump in the first place. In becoming more comfortable with writing verse, I find my prose to be a bit more concise as well as richer in imagery. A win-win for me. At any rate, the mere practice of writing daily reduces the frequency of inspiration loss. It becomes a positive addiction.

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  2. Not in a slump right now, but I go through stages periodically. Being too self-critical, striving for “perfection,” and mental fatigue usually trigger my malaise. When I succumb, I need a reboot. I engage in enjoyable activities unrelated to writing. When I’m refreshed and renewed, I come back to the pursuit I love most.

    It’s difficult to work in solitude for long periods of time, often without encouragement or support. Joining writers’ groups or talking with other writer friends is also helpful. No one should undertake the journey alone!

    Thanks for the post, Elethwyn. Pinned & shared.

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  3. For me, lately, there’s been so much else in life to deal with. I’ve moved in with my boyfriend and am now commuting close to 50 min each way for work. Unpacking and getting used to the drive has stressed me out enough that I haven’t had time to really find a place to sit down and write comfortably. I hope I’ll find my inner spark again before NaNoWriMo starts.

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  4. I’m going through a slump right now. Part of it is because I’m dealing with being sick. But most of it is from being uninspired. I get that I shouldn’t wait to be inspired to write, but it’s hard when you don’t feel the words coming to you. I have been looking up prompts on Pinterest, seeing if there is something that says, “write my story now.” So far, nothing. But I still research. I need to be more observant of the world around me, look for things and people that I might find interesting.

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  5. Boy, can I relate to a slump! Seems as if I’ve been in one forever. Life can get stressful at times, health takes a dive, and there it is – a slump. Perhaps, it’s being unispired and perhaps it’s simply fatigue from the stress of the unexpected and life. Either way, I beleive we need to give ourselves permission to breathe and room to rejuvenate. Thanks for a great post.
    @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

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  6. I’ve been going through a writing slump for a while now, I have been writing on and off but I haven’t finished a project for several months. I wrote a manuscript at the beginning of this year that I was really invested in and came out surprisingly well, and nothing I’ve started lately seems to come close to that project. It actually feels as though I’ve lost the ability to write, and I lose interest in what I’m writing quickly. 😦


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