Writers, are you in writing mode at the moment?

I ask this question because I was in SERIOUS writing mode at the beginning of this year. I was writing 1,000 words a day, without fail. I wrote two novels and edited one of them. I was in crazy writing mode for the first half of this year, then I took a month off, and I can’t seem toย get back into a writing routine.

From the looks of things online, I’m not alone. Heaps of fellow writers whose blogs I follow seem to be doing a lot of reading and whatever else writers do when they aren’t writing. So maybe I’m not alone in this writing slump.

How is your writing going? Are you experiencing a mid-year slump? Or are you powering on?

About Jodie @ Words Read & Written

Book blogger & aspiring author.
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77 Responses to Writers, are you in writing mode at the moment?

  1. Taking time off does seem to be a risky proposition when it comes to staying productive. While the momentum is going, it’s not that difficult to keep on going, but stop for more than a few days and it’s like starting a jet engine with a ripcord. Maintaining a blog seems to help even if it just keeps you typing.

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  2. Taking time off does seem to be a risky proposition when it comes to staying productive. While the momentum is going, it’s not that difficult to keep on going, but stop for more than a few days and it’s like starting a jet engine with a ripcord. Maintaining a blog seems to help even if it just keeps you typing.

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  3. SarahClare says:

    I think I’m always in a slump..

    I will have a few days where I’ll be like a machine! And my creative output will be immense! Like.. thousands and thousands of words (and it’s not all useless gumpf either!) and then it’s like my batteries run out, and I start getting distracted-

    …sorry.. I was looking at a butterfly..

    So pretty..

    This is my problem. *chuckles*

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  4. SarahClare says:

    I think I’m always in a slump..

    I will have a few days where I’ll be like a machine! And my creative output will be immense! Like.. thousands and thousands of words (and it’s not all useless gumpf either!) and then it’s like my batteries run out, and I start getting distracted-

    …sorry.. I was looking at a butterfly..

    So pretty..

    This is my problem. *chuckles*

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  5. krystal jane says:

    I’m in a forced break. Getting back into is always difficult, so when I had a flash of inspiration a couple of weeks ago, I went ahead and wrote a little bit before backing off again. It’s making it easier to relax.

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  6. I just finished a project, which is currently with Beta Readers. I have found in the past that when I take a break, I also find it harder to get back into serious writing mode. So I’ve started another project right away. I’m not in “serious” mode with it right now, as I have some other things I need to accomplish right now; but I’m using it in hopes of keeping the creative juices flowing, so that when I DO need to go into serious writing mode, it won’t be too difficult.

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  7. Jarrod C says:

    It comes in waves but I have been really inspired as of late. It is amazing how the words just flow when it is right!

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  8. dippadedoda says:

    Reblogged this on Dippadedoda and commented:
    Peeks and valley’s…but i guess thats on. Girl your the bomb!

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  9. mihrank says:

    This is a great and informative blog with inspirational!

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  10. I have had to schedule writing time, and do nothing else during that time. It’s the only way I’ve been able to keep up with my weekly goals, but I’m pressing on! It was easier earlier this year, but as long as I’m still moving forward, I’m good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. zxeper says:

    I’m currently averaging 3,000 words per day. The only problem is that none of them are going toward my book in progress and instead to the books I’m ghostwriting. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  12. love2read365 says:

    I’ve certainly struggled to keep up my blog this summer. There have been too many other things going on: weddings, buying our first home, moving, and preparing for our first baby. I didn’t finish my NaNoWriMo 2013 novel like I had planned, either. I’m doubtful that I’ll really get back into the swing of things since the birth of baby girl is only two months away! I’ll never have time again!

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  13. Jett says:

    I’m not in a slump but I can say from past experience that sometimes a break is good. At some point, the creative forces will kick back in. I’m not big on chasing ‘inspiration’. Something will happen, you’ll see something, hear something, and in your mind you’ll picture the paragraph or chapter that should be written on it. When that happens, you’ll know it is time to sit down and write.

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  14. vscot848 says:

    Totally in reading mode at the moment, which I consider also critical to the process. It’s summertime here in Canada and it’s hard to sit at your desk and write when it’s 30 degrees outside…

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  15. lstarkey002 says:

    Thanks for the like. Love your blog… and by the way, that picture of the half naked dude in the post below is NOT HELPING me with getting back to writing!! *laughs* I’m in edit mode for this first book and honestly pray I’ll be done and back to writing simply so I’m not EDITING. As long as my muse isn’t on vacation, her period or potting my death I’m usually good with wanting to write, though I get a little put off by lack of spending quality time in conversation. I suppose that’s why I have so much dialog in my novels. Hope you get back to it soon!!!

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  16. kevsteph says:

    I write every day. I’m either scribbling in my journal, blogging or working on my fiction. I do the later the least, mainly because it’s the most difficult and time consuming. A screen writing professor I know once told me that “writing is writing.” If one has the discipline to put “black marks on white paper” on a regular basis, to paraphrase Sinclair Lewis, you’re doing the right thing. No pun intended, of course.

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  17. I’ve been in a long-term slump. In other words, I haven’t stopped writing altogether but I am writing far less than I was a few years ago. I need to regain routine.

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  18. I relate to this. I go through stages of awesome writing time to absolutely nothing and just wanting to read time. It is frustrating as I can’t seem to get a disciplined schedule. So you are not alone Jodie and congrats on the book I look forward to hearing more about it.

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  19. wr1ghtlexi says:

    Yeah same here except it is not a lack of motivation to write but time management problems. By the time I have free time to write, I am eithwr too tired and unable to think, or my adorable 15 month old fraternal twin nephews distract me. I have asked God to help me better manage my time though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for writing this post letting me know I’m not alone in being unable to write as much as I want to.

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  20. Brie says:

    Reading is helping me get out of my writing slump. Find a good reading schedule that works for you.

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  21. Crystal Barnes says:

    I understand your situation. I was there for a long while. I started writing my 3rd story in 2012 and possibly because of distractions, such as work, it is only now that I am in the writing mode. You have accomplished a lot this year and I know you will get back to your writing mode soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. maggiedot says:

    Sleep-mode for me for the past 3 months, re: new baby. He’s getting slightly more manageable now, though, and I’m hoping to jump back in with a few short sessions a week a la babysitter. We’ll see! I’m itching to go, though?

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  23. I certainly identify with the graphic you included at the end of the post. Throughout my day, usually when I’m working or doing something else where I have no access to my writing, I’m constantly thinking of what to add, what to edit, what to rewrite, what to omit, new ideas, etc. It gets me riled up in a creative way, and I get excited. But then when I come home to my laptop and open up the document, I sit and stare at the screen and barely get any work done. I have access to web browsers and iTunes and Minecraft and other things that pull my attention away. So instead of thinking twice about it, I just try to delve right in and begin writing. Even if I’m not 100% satisfied with the outcome, it is still progress and I can rest easy knowing that I’ve accomplished something.

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  24. fireflyin says:

    I was writing a lot. Until I started to work on the synopsis for my novel. It’s been weeks, and I’ve made no progress on my synopsis. But I won’t allow myself to start writing anything else until I’ve taken this manuscript as far as it can go. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  25. Lexus Canada says:

    Wonderful blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of online community where I can get comments from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Bless you!

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      Hey, I’m not actually too sure. Critique Circle might be a good one. It’s a critique site that has a forum. That’s the only one I can think of off the top of my head.

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