It’s not easy hanging onto the spark that made you want to write an eBook, or that “muse”, as it has been called in artistic circles for hundreds of years. Sometimes life happens and makes you lose that muse, and sometimes you just get into a creative rut and can’t seem to find a new muse to wake you up. When your muse is gone, you can find yourself struggling to finish your work. Whatever your situation is, you can regain your muse and get your work back on track.
Take a Break
Whenever you find yourself struggling to keep up with writing, take a break. Sometimes you may just need to let your mind and body rest. Often, when people feel creative stress, their minds shut down, and if that has happened to you it’s an indication that you need some time off. This doesn’t mean you should just veg out and watch TV. Take a walk, go to yoga, or do some other physical activity that doesn’t require a lot of thought or creative energy.
Listen to Music
Music has been proven to make people feel more creative. If you’re in a rut, listen to music that is specifically geared to what you’re writing. For instance, if you are writing a Western fiction eBook, listen to some old country-western music to put you in the mood. If what you’re writing doesn’t have a specific type of music that it fits then that’s okay. Sometimes the beauty of music is that it creates a mood for you. If you can’t find your mood or muse to keep going forward, let music help you find it.
Work on Another Project
Get away from what you’re thinking about and do something else. Keep the artistic juice flowing by writing a poem, painting a picture, taking photos, or even dancing around your house. Whatever you love doing, do it, and let it reenergize you to get back into your eBook. Additionally, this benefits other projects you may have halted for your eBook because now you can turn your attention back to them when it wanders from the keyboard.
Talk with a Friend or Family Member
Have you ever had a conversation so good that you thought,“I need to write this down”? Have that conversation now and write it down in your eBook. Call up a friend or family member and tell them what you’re working on. Chances are they can give you some direction without even trying. Use the people who support you as a sounding board to hear your ideas out loud and breathe a new life into them.
Read Your Own Work
“Read your own work to find the muse”
Sometimes your muse is hiding right where you left it—in your work. Go back and read your own work to remember what you were writing. Read your notes, too, so that you can get an idea of where you were heading before you got lost.
Once you’ve lost your muse—or motivation—you may start to feel lost or even panicky. Don’t let the jitters push your muse further away. Take a break, call up a friend, listen to music, or throw yourself into different works to find your muse again.