How I Recover a Dead Muse for Fan Fiction Writing

….. whoa, what a title. It’s a doozy of a title, but I haven’t written anything in a long time and since there hasn’t been anything significant in nerd news for my fandoms that I have been paying attention to. When all else fails I resort to writing about fan fiction – because fan fiction is the life of a nerdy fangirl, right? Anyways, my muse is essentially dead right now. I have no motivation to blog, no motivation to write my stories, and no motivation to write my short story that’s due in less than a month for class. Slowly but surely I’m recovering my muse that’s died, and here are some of the steps that are sort of working.

First and foremost, I’m immersing myself into the universe of which my fanfiction takes place first. For me, it’s important to get back into the universe, even if it means rewatching all 7 Star Wars movies or all 8 Harry Potter movies (or reading the books but I generally don’t have that kind of time). For me, usually rewatching the movies does it for me and I can get myself back into it. Lately, though, it hasn’t been working. Moving on to what I do after that….

I read other fanfiction! Sometimes reading other fanfiction to me does the trick as well. I’ll get so into the other people’s fanfiction that I want to continue writing my own. Granted this is also a bad thing – you need to be able to distinguish between your own storyline and the storyline you just read. Sometimes I have that issue – I’ll read a story and then go on to be like “wow, what if I wrote that story but like this?” and I have to really remember my own plot when writing to make sure I don’t accidentally mimic the other story.

Usually, these two steps do it for me, but if they don’t work the best option is always to step away. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to force out writing – that is the number one thing that I have learned in my years of writing. I may be young but I have experience already (in my eyes) with writing and trying to write when I don’t have a muse – it doesn’t work.

Just write when you want to! Writing won’t be successful if you’re not in the mood to actually write! You’ll end up just rambling on and on and on about meaningless things and you’ll stray away from your story.

I hope you enjoyed my ramblings! I plan on actually starting to gear back up onto the blogging scene soon, so stay on the lookout!

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