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Five Non-Writing Activities To Help Progress Your Novel

Updated: Feb 9



There are many days where I have zero energy or motivation to write and it’s not because I don’t want to. After my 9-5 job as well as taking care of my household it seems impossible to find the time and headspace to write good, quality prose.

I love to write and I want to write, but I just CAN’T. It’s a catch 22.

After struggling with this for many years I started to be kinder to myself and realize progress is progress. So whether I brainstorm my book or write actual words, I seem them both as equally productive.

In light of that, I thought I’d share five non-writing hacks to help you gain traction on your novel:


Listen to a writing podcast or writing guide book.

Spotify has a lot of great free podcasts on writing and it gives me so much inspiration. On the plus side it’s a relaxing activity after a busy day and gives your eyes a much needed break from the computer screen.


A podcast I’m currently loving is Spa Girls Guide to Self Publishing. For audiobooks I use Audible and KM Weiland resource guides are my go-to.



Browse Pinterest! Create a character board or a mood board around the theme of your novel. I also like to pin writing resources and tip articles as well.




Read a book in the genre you’re writing. It gets ideas flowing and you can get a feel for what type of POV you like to write. Knowing your genre is key to writing a successful novel. Every genre and subgenera has it’s own rules and flair and the sooner you dive into your reading list the better off you’ll be.





Browse social channels and writing groups on social media. I get so much insight and inspiration from other authors posts! Plus it’s so fun to network and chat with like-minded folks!







Go to bed early and daydream about your book. I often have pothole breakthroughs when I brainstorm before bed. Better yet, if you can create a music playlist with songs that fit your genre and theme and listen to it while you drift off, it’ll work wonders for your creativity.





There you have it! I hope these ideas will help spark your writing. But please remember, if you are exhausted after a busy day or week, sometimes it’s best to take break and prioritize self care. You can always write or non-write tomorrow.


What do you like to do that is non-writing that helps your writing process?

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