Have you become complacent with your writing? Are you writing on autopilot?
As a result, have you lost your audience because the feeling in your writing
If you suspect that this might be the case, here are a few tips that should
help get you out of the funk that you're in.
1. The simplest tip is to just read what you write after you've written it. Does
it make you feel anything at all, or does it just lay there flat? Does it sound
like you swallowed a dictionary but none of the words invoke emotion? If so,
try rewriting it with a slightly different tone. See what areas you can improve
without changing any of the message you're trying to convey.
2. Another thing you can do is try writing about something you don't
normally write about. Many writers get into ruts because they write about
the same things over and over. If you pick a topic that you don't normally
write on, it will do two things.
The first thing it will do is get you back into research mode. If you write
about things you always write about and know inside and out, you're
really not expanding your mind or your knowledge. By picking a new topic
and having to do research on it, you sharpen your research skills and also
inject some fire into your writing. Why? Because writing about something
new, if you're a writer, is always exciting. It's like going out with a new
girl or guy.
3. The last thing, and it's something you might want to try only as a last
resort, is to stop writing for a while. No matter how much you love to do
something, if you do it day in and day out, there is always a chance that
you'll just get bored. So take a break. Do something else. Now, this may
be hard to do if writing is your livelihood, but even people who write for
a living take vacations. At the very least, allow yourself a few days to
recharge your batteries and get some new life into your writing. After some
time away, you'll find that the juices will begin flowing again and your
writing will improve.
Try any or all of the above.
You might be surprised at the results.