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What Do You Do When Writing Boredom Hits?

Every story has a beginning, middle and end. The easiest part to write is the beginning, followed by the end. You get seriously bored with writing your story somewhere around the middle.

Whether you are drafting your first novel or writing your tenth book, you get bored at this point – at least for most of us.

When this happens, you drag yourself to your writing corner each time your writing schedule calls. You drag yourself there and keep writing because if you don’t you won’t finish – you are determined to finish but within you, You don’t feel like writing the same story anymore.

If you give in to your boredom, you are likely to abandon that project for a long, long, long, long time, believe me. For this same reason, lots of first drafts are covered with dust- unfinished.

How Do You Prevent or eliminate Writing Boredom?

First of all, you need to find out the cause of your boredom.

Why are you bored?

-Do  You Know How Your Story Will End From The Start?

You probably have made up your mind on how your story will end. Normally, all you want to do is jump every other step and get there.

You’re like the reader who couldn’t resist the temptation of knowing what happened at the end of a story, jumps every other chapter to find it out and gets bored with anything else in the book. You too are bored. You are bored because you have set your mind on how the story will end – it’s like you have finished writing the book just like someone that has finished reading a story.

How do you deal with this pronlem?

While writing your first draft, do not think of or put your mind to how your story will end. Write as though you don’t know how it’s going to end because most of the time, you don’t.

Let your story determine how it will end – in your first draft. Have the plot outlined but in your mind, do not limit your story to it. If you do, you’ll be bored.

Do You Think Too Much About Your Story?

Wherever you go, whatever you do, you think about this story and how you can finish it within a month. You make rapid changes in your head and plan on how to work harder to finish it up. You think about increasing your daily target to 3000 words and so on.

Well, you just have to forget about that story the moment you are not writing it. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean you shouldn’t t grab an inspiration that pops in your head telling you what to do next. I don’t mean you should admire your characters in your quiet moments, you should but forget the story as soon as possible. If you think hard about it, you will be exhausted and bored in the long run.

Do You Edit As You Write Your First Draft?

If you are the type who can’t resist editing on the go, you are taking a risk. You do not edit while drafting. Stick to the rule of finishing your draft before editing. It’s no joke.

Do not look at the misspelt words. or how the story sounds. Leave them as they are at this moment. Go ahead and get the idea off your head and down on the paper. Otherwise, you will be invigorating your writing boredom.

Do You Have Negative Thoughts About Your Story?

You probably have thoughts like; My story idea is not captivating enough. No one will be interested in reading it. I’ll end up with one to five people reading this. What is the use of continuing with this if the idea is not marketable?

The first time you thought about this idea, it was spectacular and you began the draft with the fire of desire burning in you. Why not finish drafting before you start the worry?

Do not entertain negative thoughts during your first draft or at any point of your story writing, It will discourage you and lead to boredom. Replace any negative thoughts with positive ones and go on with your story.

You Are Trying Hard To Please Your Readers-To-Be.

Your story begins to bore you when you can’t think of a way to present your story in a way that will interest your reader. If they won’t like it, no need!

You’re wrong to think this way.

You won’t nail your first draft thinking of how to please your reader. At the point, see yourself as the reader and the writer.

Do not forget yourself in the process – that you should write this story the way it interests you and have in mind that once it interests you, it will interest your reader.

– Are You Working Too Hard On It Or Spending Too Much Time Writing It?

Too much familiarity breeds contempt, this is also true for writing. Give it time to breathe. Give it only a little time a day say, one or two hours a day. Or, write one to two thousand words per day. Once you’re done, close it and go do something else. It’s natural to begin to lose interest in what you spend too much time with.

Do You Feel That You Are Doing “This” Same Thing every time?

You can get bored by writing the same story every day. No one wants to stay at the same risk for a long period. To overcome this, make use of the following tips.

For each story Event, Scene Or Chapter, use different font styles, colours or sizes – Change it back to the normal font when you’re done for the day.

This will help you get rid of the feeling that you are doing the same thing over and over again.

In Few Words

Do not give writing boredom a chance. Get that draft done with, write it as if you’re telling yourself a story, don’t worry about anything or anyone. Have fun.

Florence Ezekafor View All

I'm a food scientist who has chosen the path of creative writing- the one thing which comes to me naturally.
Back in 2013, my love for teaching young learners propelled me into picking teaching as a career. I taught English, Maths and Science in the United Arab Emirates where I lived for ten years. Right now, I live in Coal City, a beautiful hilly area of my country Nigeria.
My website Fiez-writer is a product of my extreme desire to share my writing with the world. Here, I share fiction, poems, thoughts and writing tips.
A huge part of my life is spent with my lovely family and I'm a proud mother to three brilliant kids.

12 thoughts on “What Do You Do When Writing Boredom Hits? Leave a comment

  1. For me, I struggle with the beginning part of the writing. It’s either my thoughts are surrounded on how to start and the words aren’t coming to mind. It take a very long time for me to construct the beginning of a paper. In fact the middle portion can be boring when you don’t know how to proceed with the writing. With practice, one gets better. Thank you for sharing 🤗.

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    • You’re right, one gets better with practice. Starting can be hard sometimes but with the free writing technique, you start anyhow without bothering about how it sounds, it becomes easier. Outlining the story helps with writing the middle. You may end up not using your plot outline but it helps a lot to turn back to it when you get stuck. Thank you Karen for sharing your experience.😊❤

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      • Wow, I definitely like that idea of outlining because I don’t always do it. My thoughts are settled in my mind but maybe jotting things down can help in the writing process. Thank you for sharing 🤗

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  2. I am totally guilty of editing while I write. I am also aware that this is often counter-productive. But I still do it! The good thing is I now catch myself and can usually move past the sticking point.

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