5 Writing Activities to Help Ease Your Writer’s Anxiety

It’s probably a little tougher these days to get some writing done; but difficult doesn’t necessary mean impossible. Stay the course to your mission and passion—plus do these fun writing activities—and you’ll be writing beautiful prose in no time.

  1. Rewrite a favorite piece of writing. This is a go-to for me as a writer, because it reminds me of words, the beauty of words and how they flow, and the capacity they have to heal and restore us—especially when it’s writing from a time or place or even person that’s inspirational to us.
  2. Read a guilty pleasure. There was a time a few years ago, when I had my son, that I got really into romance novels. The romance novels you’ll find in a Walgreen or CVS and went only with the “bestseller” tag on the cover. I had no idea who the authors were at the time, but found myself drawn to their work, and returning to read more. I was reading during my maternity leave approximately one book per week. The genre was new to me, exciting and even reminded me of most miraculously ways stories find a way into our live; down aisles and even stores we never expected. Pleasure and finding the good in life is a Libra specialty, so it’s only right that we share more tips aligned with that sign.
  3. Create a collage of your best writing hits. Vision boards and collages are great art escapes for writers. It allows us to be visual in different ways; expressing a much needed aspect of writing and being creative through the use of images and how others view the world. Create a collage to explore news scenes that you’re working on, or to imagine new worlds and ideas.
  4. Create a homemade journal. This little fun craft isn’t just unique to school-aged, elementary school kids. Try creating a cover page for a new journal and staple a few empty white sheets. Then write of your adventures. Maybe you can observe the skies for a few nights and write about your findings. This could be a daytime activity, too. See what other movements and scenes you can explore through your window (a swaying tree, tumbling leaves) or if going on a local hike.
  5. Write about a traumatic experience, then compare to a highlight experience. As writers we often focus on specific highlights of our lives, the traumas and experiences we can still vividly recount with details. Think back on a beautiful moment you experienced; one you probably told yourself of how great it was and how you’re glad you’re experiencing it. (We often are so caught up in those, too.) Describe the experience; go into the details of what happened, where and how, within your limits.  What were you wearing, whether shorts because it was hot or a winter coat? Who else was there and did you notice the same joy and excitement in their faces, too?

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