How To Make Lemonade When Writing Gives You Lemons #AmWriting


When writing gives me lemons; painful episodes of writer’s block, dull characters, sagging plots, confidence issues, negative feedback and a head full of creative demons – I make lemonade!

I have made so much lemonade recently with my writing lemons that I am actually getting quite good at it.

Here is how I make lemonade when writing gives me a bitter taste of lemon:

  1. Yoga. I swear Yoga is magical. It seems to realign the cogs in my head. After 15 minutes of some Downward Facing Dog, High Planks, Low Planks and Warrior Poses I feel a lot better and I get a boost of positivity.
  2. Meditation. This clever exercise clears the mind. It calms me down and gives me focus. I wish I had discovered this last year when writing gave me some serious lemons.
  3. Gratitude. I practice writing gratitude. I think about all the things I am grateful for in my creative life; my wonderful writing friends, my characters who make me smile on a daily basis, my stories, my blog, all my fabulous followers, my podcast and the decision I made when I turned 40 to follow my writing dream.
  4. Fresh Air. So simple and so effective.
  5. Creative Podcasts. At the moment my go-to podcast is Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast. Listening to her give advice to other writers is really therapeutic and interesting. She also has a really soothing and calming voice! I also have a huge author crush going on – sigh!
  6. Trust Emergence. This is something I have learnt from Sacha Black.  When you are stuck on something or facing what seems an insurmountable problem – have patience, stop sweating about it, do something else and have faith in emergence. Your mind will work it out. It may take a few days or even weeks but if you really trust your creative mind the answer will emerge. This works!
  7. Tweet your issue and add a comedy GIF.  I find the eye roll GIFS are the best and always make me feel better.
  8. Get some perspective. No one is going to die from my sagging plot and lifeless characters.
  9. Enjoy the struggle. I accept that when my writing challenges me, I grow as a writer. So I might as well enjoy the pain!
  10. Smile!

Turn those writing lemons into lemonade!

Stay strong – we are all doing a great job 🙂

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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 ❤️

40 thoughts on “How To Make Lemonade When Writing Gives You Lemons #AmWriting

      1. Perfect!
        You know, I started a series before and over the holidays it dried up because I was busy with the kids… (Lemon 1) I spent it though enjoying family time , and not feeling like a neglectful mum!
        Now it’s the start of term so I am trying to settle a new class of 40 3-4 year olds… (Lemon 2) but it will be fine, they are getting on well and our “Good” Ofsted rating will boost all us teachers on to keep going!
        I’ve requested prompts from my readers and once I’ve drank this (diet) lemonade, I shall be picking prompts and getting creative again!!!

  1. Those are all great, writing or not. As for #6, I’ve found out that the so-called writer’s block melts away when the story is ready to be told. Any attempt to draw it out before then will result in poor, soulless writing.

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