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6 things to do when you’re feeling disconnected from your story

Writing a story is exciting, it’s fun and it’s full of exploration. But it’s also hard, and it’s not uncommon for writers to reach a point where they feel disconnected from their story. Perhaps it’s a particularly bad case of writer’s block, or you’ve simply wound up in a slump. Whatever it is,, it sucks. And it’s something I’ve been feeling a lot recently. And such, I wanted to share 6 things we writers can do when we are feeling disconnected from our story.

Get to know your characters
Your characters are the heart and soul of your story. They are what drive it, they make the decisions. And it can be hard, especially when working on a new project, to get to know these new people in your life. Especially if you’ve spent a long time with the characters in your last project. So take some time away from the plot tofully flesh out your cast. Supporting characters and all. The more you know them, the more they’ll take the lead, and bring you into their fold of their story.
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Visit your novel’s location (or somewhere similar)
Visiting the kind of places your story takes place is a perfect way to connect you to it. Walk the streets of your characters, listen, smell and feel the surroundings to make sense of them all. If your story has a fictional setting visit something similar; a village, a forest, the beach….if your story is set in the past, go to a museum. The future? Somewhere high-tech and exciting. And even if you can’t physically go to these places you can look at pictures or watch films and documentaries. You can even browse google maps! Never underestimate the power of visiting you novel’s location.
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Stay motivated
When you feel disconnected it can be really hard to stay motivated and driven. But you must! Remember why you started to write the story in the first place. Look back at how far you’ve come already. Seek advise from the online writing community, or read inspirational quotes. Whatever it is that gets you ready to go – do it!
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Take a break
Yep, it’s true. You are allowed to take a break. In fact, it can often be the thing you need to fix your writer’s block. Most of us have more in our lives than writing, be it school, work, family, friends, housework, cooking, other hobbies…and it’s okay to rest. It’s okay to stop for a while. Clearing your head could be exactly what you need.
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Read a book
If you’re struggling to connect with your own story, try and get lost in someone else’s. And as you do, take some time to consider what it is that draws you in. Think about the techniques used, and what it is you love about that particular book. It can set your right on track for connecting with your own work again.
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Finish your work in progress
When you feel disconnected form your story it can be tempting to move onto something new. But finishing your work has a number of benefits, and is the best way to learn more about writing and telling stories. That’s not to say you can’t spend some time working on something else. Writing is writing at the end of the day! But when you’re ready, go back and finish what you started – it’ll feel so rewarding!
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What do you do when you feel disconnected from your story? I’d love to know, so drop your thoughts in the comments below.

Until then,
Keep writing,

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19 thoughts on “6 things to do when you’re feeling disconnected from your story”

  1. I’m in a very similar place at the moment. I feel like I’ve given everything to my current story and I have nothing left, so I’m giving myself a month to work on something else with the hope that after that I will be super motivated to get to the end! (I’m so close!) Great tips and I think visiting your location, or a place which may be similar is a great idea. Lovely post! πŸ™‚

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  2. I use Canva (graphic design site with free option) to create images that represent my story. They’re like cover images but I don’t necessarily intend to use them that way. It can be distracting, but it’s a different way to represent the key elements and feel of the story. Later on, the best of these images can be used in blog posts about the work.

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  3. A lot of times I’ll go back to when I started the story. The feeling, the why, the excitement. It’ll make me remember why I’m writing THIS story. Though I also love the idea of visiting the location or something similar! That sounds like it equals both as a break and a good source of inspiration.

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  4. This is very timely for me. I’m 90% through the first draft of my current novel and I just feel … sort of lost. Or maybe bogged down. This is the point where I should be soaring, exhilarated, towards the climax, and instead I’m slugging through the mud one slow, painful step at a time. I think I do need to reconnect with my characters again, spend some time with them, maybe ask them some questions. That feels like it could be a way forward. So thanks for the encouragement.

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  5. Thank you, this was really helpful. I’m just starting a murder mystery but am starting to feel disconnected to it. It feels very rushed and I don’t know how I should slow it down a bit since I have already re-written the first page at least 4 times.
    I don’t like the writing style I am doing but don’t know how to change it. And I would read a book so I can understand how they are doing they’re writing style, but I am not reading that type of book at the moment.

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    1. Thanks for reading! It’s so tough isn’t it, I’ve had the same issues myself (and still do!) You could try writing the first chapter from some different perspectives or a different narrative style. Finding your voice isn’t easy but keep at it and you will get there! x


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