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Monday, October 29, 2018

Five Ways to Get Your Writing Mojo Back by Zoe May - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Zoe May

Zoe May lives in south-east London and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She moved to London in her early twenties and worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material! 

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys going to the theatre, walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading.


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Five ways to get your writing mojo back
Guest post by Zoe May

Even the most committed writers have days when they don’t really feel like writing. But if you wait until the perfect moment – when inspiration strikes, your house is calm, the stars have aligned, etc - you’ll probably never get anything done. Writing a novel takes perseverance, which means making yourself write even when you don’t particularly feel like it. Here are a few ways to get your mojo back when you're not in the mood to write.

Write in a notebook

Sometimes not wanting to write can simply be about reluctance to sit in front of a computer screen. I think this is particularly common if your day job involves typing away at a desk. There are only so many hours in a day that you want to be doing that so finishing work and then typing even more can seem far from ideal. I’ve definitely had this problem and what I do is write in a notebook instead. It can be a bit annoying as you do have to type it up later, but at least you’re moving your story forward.

Change your scenery

Feeling like you don’t want to write might just be about not wanting to be cooped up at home anymore. Changing your scenery and going to write at a café can be a great way to get out of the funk. Once you’re sitting down in a cafe with a coffee and your laptop, there’s not really much else to do but write.

Write with other people

Writing is a very solitary act, but it doesn’t always have to be. I used to mix up my writing routine by going to write with a group of aspiring novelists that held writing meetups in a pub on Saturday afternoons. Everyone would sit together and just write in a companionable way, with the odd bit of chit chat to break up the long stretches of typing. It was great. The collectively diligent atmosphere gets you back in the zone and other people’s enthusiasm can be infectious. With National Novel Writing Month coming up, there’ll be lots of local writing meetups taking place.

Cheer each other on in an online group chat

A writer I know posted in a Facebook group that she needed to write a substantial amount over the next few days and wondered if anyone would be interested in joining a group chat to share progress and cheer each other on. I’d never tried that before and thought I’d give it a shot. I was surprised at how helpful it was. There’s something useful about checking in with others; it makes you feel inspired and more accountable.

Write a scene that connects to your mood

I’m a romantic comedy author so it helps if I’m in a good mood when I write and most of the time, I am quite an upbeat person. However, if I’m feeling down, like everyone gets from time to time, I try not to let that stand in the way of writing. Not every scene in my novels is funny, so even though I prefer to write chronologically, sometimes I’ll skip forward in the plot to a scene in which the heroine is struggling or having an argument and I’ll write that bit, channelling my blues onto the page. 


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Perfect Match or How (Not) To Date A Prince by Zoe May (winner’s choice).

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  1. Great advice. I wish I could write just never have a good idea. I love the sound of your books.

  2. Great tips for those wanting to write a book, I'm sure they'll heed your advice.

  3. Thanks so much for the helpful writing tips!

  4. great post, thanks for the advice xx

  5. Great advice, thank you for sharing it.

  6. I'm looking forward to reading Zoe books.

  7. All of your covers are just wonderful.

  8. The covers are cut and the stories sound witty. Thank you for your information.

  9. Those are great tips, especially writing a scene that connects to your mood is somethign I never heard of before! Thanks for sharing your advice!

  10. These look like fun stories. And love th tips. Thanks!

  11. Love the names of the stories. Would love to read them.

  12. id love to read this for my bookstagram @unashamed_bookhoarder

  13. I agree with Zoe; writing in a notebook can really help if you're feeling stuck.

  14. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  15. Titles of the book sound catchy. Always love finding new authors!

  16. Oh these all sound really good! I love that she dreamed of writing since a teen!!!

  17. Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway, Zoe!

  18. Thank you for the tips and giveaway. The books sound goodand the covers are cute.