How to Stop Being a Lazy Writer #writers #AmWriting

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Ever had one of those mornings where you struggle to get out of bed and all your plans of having a ‘writing day’ go out of the window?

So when you find yourself enjoying the delights of a warm bed, moaning about how tired you feel and coming up with 100 excuses for not doing any writing, here are some handy tips for turning this situation around:

  1. Change your body position. Sit up and or even better – get your lazy writer self out of bed!
  2. Splash cold water on your face. This will wake you up.
  3. Ignore your mind. Ignore your mind when it starts to run through all the reasons of why you should stay in bed. Don’t listen to it!
  4. Repeat this: I can day dream all I want whilst lying in bed but I can only make my dreams happen if I get out of bed!
  5. Coffee. Go grab some quick.
  6. Fresh air. Open the windows or go sit outside.
  7. Energetic Music. Switch on the radio or your playlist.
  8. Goal check. In your mind check where you are with your writing goals? If the answer is ‘I am so far away from reaching them right now!’  get your lazy writer self over to that desk and START!
  9. Repeat this: My novel is not going to write itself!
  10. Exercise. Get the blood circulating. Yoga is great for this.
  11. Repeat: That plot hole is not going to fill itself.
  12. Question your reason for being alive. Tell yourself that you were not put on this planet to lie in bed. You were put on this planet to WRITE!
  13. Message a productive and ambitious writer friend. I find that messaging a writer friend with ‘help – I am being lazy!’ is a great way of getting motivated. I have one particular writer friend who will SHOUT (lots of CAPITALS and !!!!!!) at me via a message if I say I am being lazy.  She doesn’t hold back either on her comments. Once I read her message I get up and get going.
  14. Turn off your phone. If you have ever turned off social media & Wi-Fi on your phone you will know how productive you suddenly become. It is also really liberating. Even better turn your phone off!
  15. Read a book. Get your mind fired up by diving into a book.
  16. Turn On Your Wasting time Counter. Think about how much time you have wasted whilst lying in your pit or on your sofa.
  17. Take out your rubbish / trash and chuck out your excuses at the same time!  This is a personal favourite of mine. I have so many excuses that I tend to be at the bins a  long time….dressed in my red spotted pjs.
  18. Start writing! 


Have a great day all you lazy writers! I hope you make it out of your warm and cozy bed 🙂



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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

46 thoughts on “How to Stop Being a Lazy Writer #writers #AmWriting

      1. Sure – how do you have yours? If you like we sat sit at the table and write all day? Are you a custard creams or Bourbons kind of lady?

      2. What?!!? You’ve never dunked a custard cream? You’re missing out Lucy!
        Some companies have banned the practice of dunking custard creams!

  1. Great post! I actually have a writing day scheduled for tomorrow, and I already know it will get hijacked by laundry… AND dealing with my car AND sorting out my personal book collection, which is way overdue to be sorted out, AND – AND …

    1. That just describes EVERY single day I take off from work – being “hijacked” by projects which can wait a little longer. Or could be delegated, like “let the laundry service take care of my laundry”,

      1. Bins too complicated in England…too many colours, pj coordination a nightmare … neutral skin tone works best at day break. Have a word full day Lucy from England; and how’s Roxy by the way, can’t imagine her in pjs, well maybe.

  2. For me, writer’s block is a sign there’s something wrong with my scene, or the direction the story has taken. There’s something niggling that won’t let me continue. The most productive thing you can do is identify what’s wrong, even if it means backtracking to previous scenes, and adjust your outline.

    I recently experienced this, trying to push characters into a situation in which they wouldn’t have naturally found themselves. The imaginary people were pushing back! It’s as if they have minds of their own… (listen – do you hear that? they’re telling me now, they’re telling me their thoughts – there! Do you hear? They talk to me from behind my DREAMS)

  3. I’m a big fan of the combination of drinking a huge cup of coffee while reading someone else’s book, preferably one that is only so-so as not to risk a case of writer’s envy on top of lazy writer syndrome. Failing that – well, there are plenty of new takes on the old alarm clock out there to try My personal favorite is the Blowfly Flying Alarm Clock (19 in the link) as it combines a bit of Quittich with the morning routine.

  4. Reblogged this on Front Porch, Sweet Tea, and a Pile of Books and commented:
    It has been one of those struggling writer days. Not the I can’t get out of bed to write one mentioned here, of which I am also quite familiar, just the odd I can’t get comfortable day. I’ve been at my desk for hours, unable to write, and even worse, popped a movie on through the Watch TCM link (The Best Years of Our Lives, as a matter of fact). Had an errand to run and decided to go to my friendly neighborhood Starbucks where I’m like Norm… they know me and I have a favorite table there – got there and didn’t want to go in. I didn’t want to see people. I’m back at my desk and I am still having difficulty getting into my zone.

    This reblog has a great list for the writer having a tough start… for me it’s been like this all day. NUMBER 9 – is the one that is setting me back into gear. With a deadline, I’d better freakin’ heed it!

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