Episode 027 – Overcoming A Writing Slump

This week, Navigators, it is officially 2024 and time to get our butts back in the chair, fingers back on keys and get some words added to our manuscripts. Let’s get past the holiday blues together and get back into writing.

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Set Achievable Goals: Begin post-holidays with manageable writing goals.
Timed Writing Sessions: Use short, focused sessions to regain momentum.
Reframe Challenges: View obstacles as opportunities for growth.
Align Goals: Ensure goals resonate with personal writing aspirations.
Celebrate Successes: Acknowledge even small writing achievements.
Use Affirmations: Start days with positive writing affirmations.
Seek Support: Engage with encouraging writing communities.
Embrace Adaptability: Be flexible and open to changing plans.
Prioritize Self-Care: Include mental wellness activities in routine.

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Hello Navigators! Welcome to the first Writer Roadmap episode of 2024. I’m Holly Lyne, and today we’re tackling a subject many of us face: overcoming the post-holiday writing slump and setting ourselves up for a year of positive, productive writing. The holidays are behind us, and it’s time to reignite our passion for writing and embrace the challenges and opportunities of the new year.

Overcoming the Post-Holiday Slump

Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room: the post-holiday slump. It’s normal to feel a little out of sync after the festive season. Our routines have been disrupted, and getting back into the rhythm of writing can feel daunting. But here’s the good news: this is a perfect opportunity to refresh your approach and find new inspiration.

1. Set Achievable Writing Goals

Instead of jumping straight into large projects, start with small, manageable goals. For example, commit to writing a certain number of words per day, even if it’s as few as 100 words. The aim is to build momentum gradually.

2. Rekindle Your Writing Passion

Sometimes, reconnecting with why you love writing can reignite your motivation. Spend some time reading a book that inspires you, or revisit pieces of your own writing that you’re particularly proud of. Remembering the joy writing brings can be a powerful motivator.

Schedule Short Writing Sessions: Long writing sessions might feel daunting right now. Instead, schedule short, timed writing bursts. You might find that 15–20 minutes of focused writing can be surprisingly productive.

3. Try New Writing Prompts

Engage with creative writing prompts or challenges. These can provide a fresh perspective and break you out of your usual thought patterns, sparking new ideas and excitement.

4. Organize Your Workspace

A cluttered space can lead to a cluttered mind. Take some time to organize your writing area, making it inviting and conducive to creativity. A pleasant and orderly workspace can significantly boost your desire to write.

5. Ease Back Into Your Routine

If you had a writing routine before the holidays, ease back into it. Start with the easiest part of your routine to get into the flow, and gradually incorporate more elements as you regain your rhythm.

6. Stay Connected with Writing Peers

Reach out to fellow writers or a writing group. Sharing your challenges and hearing how others are navigating their post-holiday writing can be both comforting and motivating.
With these strategies, you can gently but effectively overcome the post-holiday writing slump. It’s about taking small steps to regain your writing rhythm and finding joy in the process again.

Cultivating a Positive Writing Mindset

Entering the new year with a positive mindset is crucial for a writer’s success and well-being. Here’s how you can nurture a mindset that not only fuels your creativity but also keeps you motivated and resilient throughout the year.

Shift Your Perspective on Challenges

View challenges as opportunities for growth rather than obstacles. For instance, if you face writer’s block, see it as a chance to explore new creative processes or take a much-needed break to replenish your ideas.
Mindful Goal Setting: Set goals that inspire rather than intimidate. Make sure they align with what you genuinely want to achieve in your writing career, not just what you think you should be achieving. This alignment creates a sense of purpose and fulfilment.

Practice Gratitude and Celebration

Regularly acknowledge what you’ve accomplished, no matter how small. Keeping a gratitude journal where you note down even the minor victories can significantly boost your mood and outlook.

Affirmations and Visualization

Start your day with positive affirmations tailored to your writing. Visualize achieving your goals – imagine the feeling of holding your published book or receiving positive feedback. This practice can elevate your mood and encourage a positive approach to your writing tasks.

Cultivate a Supportive Community

Surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage you. Participate in writing groups, online forums, or local communities where you can share experiences and gain positive reinforcement.

Embrace Flexibility and Adaptability

Be open to changes and willing to adapt your plans. This flexibility can reduce stress and anxiety when things don’t go as planned and help maintain a positive outlook.

Self-Care for Mental Wellness

Incorporate activities into your routine that nurture your mental health. This could be anything from meditation, yoga, walks in nature, or simply quiet time to decompress. A healthy mind fosters a positive attitude.

By cultivating these habits and perspectives, you’ll be able to maintain a positive writing mindset throughout the year. Remember, a positive mindset isn’t about ignoring challenges; it’s about approaching your writing journey with optimism, resilience, and joy.


Navigators, as we step into 2024, let’s embrace our writing with renewed energy and a positive mindset. Remember, every word you write is a step forward. Let’s make this year one of growth, creativity, and accomplishment.

This January, I’m going to be hosting writing sprint sessions to help you get back into a positive writing groove. So if you’re looking for more support or want to share your journey with like-minded writers, join us on Patreon at patreon.com/hollylyne.

And don’t forget to subscribe to Writer Roadmap. Share this episode with fellow writers who might be feeling the post-holiday blues. Together, we can make 2024 an incredible year for writing.
Until next time, keep navigating your path with passion and positivity. Happy writing!

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