5 Things To Work on When Writing Isn’t in the Cards

I intended to get a chapter outlined yesterday.  My editor asked me to get this done but we’ve had rain for four days straight and the mold is up.  Let’s just call what I woke up with a pounding headache and get one to discussing writing.

Or not writing.  Because even when the headache backed off around 1 pm, I was too foggy to write.

Fortunately, there are always writing related tasks to do.  Here are 5 things to work on the next time your brain is lost in the fog.

  1. Watch a webinar.  Focus on writing skills and inspiration.  There are some really informative writing webinars available.  Linda Sue Park just did one for SCBWI about writing in scenes.  This session was information packed.  You should have a another week or two to check it out.
  2. Take a class on a topic that interests you.  Don’t limit your educational activities to writing.  Take classes on other topics for the fun and inspiration.  I’m on class one of Coursera’s Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers Specialization. I’ve also taken classes on dinosaurs, evolution, and Ancient Egypt.
  3. Research for your writing!  Get ready to start a new project but doing some of the research.  It is amazing how many resources go into writing a book for young readers.  Make yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up, and read.
  4. Research what to do with your writing.  If you’ve got manuscripts in need of publication, take an hour or three to research agents or publishers.  I’ve got 5 agents and agencies on my list to review.
  5. Business cards, social media and more.  My business card is boring.  My site has one look.  My facebook author page another and the list goes on.  But I’m taking a class on design.  Yesterday I spent some time pulling together a new business card (see above).  It only took me about 90 minutes and 6 attempts.  Most of the 90 minutes was spent learning how to do the curved lettering in Illustrator.

What do you work on when your brain is too foggy to write?