All of us experience this familiar phenomenon, we have been writing the same story so long we’re bored with it. No new ideas spring forth, only old ones. After a time we seem to be recycling our characters and our plots. We may not have full-blown writer’s block but we still have a problematic issue. We’re writing gibberish and ruining all our hard work, not to mention wasting time.

So what can we do to fix the problem and recharge at the same time? There are several steps involved. First is the traditional route of put your story away for a week or two and then go back to it? But what to do during that time? How do we use that time wisely? We recharge. Instead of giving up writing for that time, we write. The trick is to pick something very different from what we were writing before. If your character was sweet and kind, write about one who is cruel and heartless or vise versa.

Sometimes it difficult to come up with what we don’t know. What we do know is what type of person we are. That would be easy to write about. So spice it up. Instead of writing about what you would do in a given situation, write about what your exact opposite would do. The real trick becomes making that type of person grow and change but that’s the fun of it.

Lastly decide on a word count that won’t take long to write and stick to it. Make a goal of 1,000 to 3,000 words. In this way you are redirecting your creative juices while at the same time writing a short story that you can possibly sell for some extra income. Writing should always be fun and by doing this you are always ahead of the crowd.