Wednesday, October 16, 2013


It's been one of those days. You are exhausted. Maybe you are even sad. Or excited. Something is over-stimulating you and you cannot write. 

But.... You know you must work. Your time is precious!

What do you do?

Not really. Don't panic. Just multi-task! I know Sarah Elizabeth mentioned this in her writer's block post. So I wanted to expound upon it by giving you a few ideas on how. When you cannot work on your WIP, work on these:

  • Blog posts. Compile several of them and save them to draft! Blogging is very important to building your marketing platform, so be sure to do it regularly. 
  • Research. Do your historical or writing research and save your findings to a Word document.
  • Newsletter. If you have a newsletter (advised for published authors), work on them! 
  • Website. Update it. Learn some basic HTML. Look at other websites and add new features to your own!
  • Read. Yes, reading is a good exercise for writers! Read books from genres similar to your own. Make a point to tuck what you like and dislike about styles away in your brain.

You see? There is so much you can do! So don't sit in despair and while away your time. Do something else that applies to your calling as a writer.

What ideas do you have?

Alicia A. Willis is a home-school graduate, published author, and avid historian. She is a firm believer in the principle that one can accomplish anything by substantial amounts of prayer and coffee. Visit her at her blog to view her historical-fiction novels and all the goings-on between writing!


  1. Great Suggestions, Alicia! Thank you for sharing. I liked the website and blogging. Those are especially crucial, like you said, but they are also somewhat easier. You don't have to come up with a plot line for a story- because you're just writing about you and what you're doing. Nothing to come up with there! Just write it as it is. :-)
    Thanks for these suggestions!

    1. Thanks! This was inspired off of one of yours, so half the credit goes to you!

  2. This was excellently helpful, thank you!
    And I'm a fan of your being a firm believer in accomplishing anything with substantial amounts of prayer and coffee. I've recently come across people who think that a "you can do anything" mentality is false...then again, they tend to be pessimistic. :) I've seen firsthand (in my own life and the lives of others) that prayer and coffee in excess work miracles.

    1. So glad you liked it! Hah, well, I'm glad! I should have added chocolate to the list too. :)


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