1. Work Out. My elliptical machine, hand weights, and sneakers are in the same room as my writing desk. When I have a bit of writer’s block, I slip on my sneakers and jump on the elliptical. Even if I only get in a 15 minute workout, sometimes that’s all I need to recharge my writing battery.
2. Plan a writing lesson. Like many of you English teachers, I’m constantly revising my lessons. Sometimes when I am in a writing funk, I will revisit a lesson or research new lessons. This can even spur writing inspiration for my own work!
3. Collaborate with other writers/teachers. I recently joined a children’s book critique group in my area. We meet each month and discuss our works. When I’m in a writing rut, I like to visit our dropbox and read pieces of their works. I’ll jot down feedback and reflect upon their pages. Sometimes seeing a flaw in another’s work helps me recognize some in my own – so back to writing I go!
4. Read. As you’ve heard over and over, writers read. I get inspired by the works of others, and sometimes reading someone else’s words is all I need to get motivated.
5. Write. Although this may seem counterintuitive, I keep writing when in a writing rut! If I’m working on a YA novel, I’ll jump down to my picture book file and work on one of those. I don’t stop writing, cold turkey, for days on end, because the best way to improve any craft is to practice. So I keep on writin’ on!