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The Benefits of Writing for Fun

A Writer's MusingsWhen you have deadlines, self-imposed or otherwise, working on anything but your WIP might seem like a bad idea if not a complete waste of time, but writing for fun can be extremely beneficial – to you as well as to your writing.

Writing for fun can include anything from a writing prompt to a brand new document where you just start writing and don’t stop until you’ve tired yourself out. Kind of like a child in a bouncy castle, but less energetic. More importantly, there’s no pressure to write well because you’re not ever going to show it to anyone! You can let go and write just because! How great is that?

let it goIf that’s not enough to convince you, let me try again-

I’ve said this several times on this blog already, but you’re not a machine. Chances are, if you continuously work on the same WIP without breaks, your mind will need a rest. You might feel like you should continue, but there’s only so much your mind can handle and forcing it to go on regardless is going to drive you into a deep pit very quickly. Now, you might not remember how to have fun, like me. But what if I told you that you can give yourself a much needed break from writing by writing?

Stay with me here.

Focusing on something different for a while gives your mind the break it’s earned, and it gets you away from your WIP for a bit – which means that, when you get back to it, you can see it from a distanced perspective.

have funWhat you write in that time can be the worst bit of embarrassing rubbish you’ll ever write – it doesn’t matter. In fact, that’s why you do it! To recharge, and go wild! You don’t even have to hang on to it if you don’t want to. I have a folder called The Trunk, where I keep everything I’ve written spontaneously which will likely never be read by another person. Or I hope not, anyway. You don’t want to see the abominations I’ve stashed away in there; the ones that put your 3am ideas to shame.

But sometimes, rarely, you find a gem. Sometimes you just start writing from nothing, and the nothing turns into something more. Something exciting. And before you know it you’ve got a 15K draft to come back to when you’re done with your current WIP (more on that next week… *ahem*).

Did I mention it’s fun to write without fear of being judged? Because it’s pretty fun!

chiEither way, writing just for yourself is a great way of recharging and giving your mind a rest. You’ll return to your WIP from a distanced standpoint, you’ll have untangled the knots that made it impossible to spot the paradoxes in your draft before, and hopefully you’ll have had fun doing it, too! Perhaps you’ll even have a new exciting WIP to come back to.

But that doesn’t matter. The only thing that does matter is to go nuts!

Have you tried writing just for yourself, only for the heck of it? How did it go, and would you recommend it to declutter your WIP-focused mind? If you haven’t- what’s holding you back? Make some tea, dunk a cookie, and let’s chat!


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  1. I totally agree. I stopped writing EVO Ghost to write a little on a new idea I had swimming in my brain. I’m now at nearly 60k and have a novel I’m so excited about. This wouldn’t have happened if I slogged on with the series and it has given me time away from my characters. I can’t wait to get back to themwith fresh eyes.

    • I’m really excited to learn more about your new novel, the excerpts you’ve shared are so exciting! I’m glad to hear taking time away from EVO Ghost and writing for yourself has worked out so well 🙂 Happy writing!

  2. I’m actually hoping to start writing a fun project this afternoon. Something just for me, no worries about polishing or marketing, just, fun. 😁

  3. I’ve not tried this – I’m thinking I should 🙂

    • I’m thinking you should ^-^ It can be quite therapeutic, too, since you let go!

      • I find writing therapeutic full stop 🙂

  4. Huh. I have never tried this before. Though, my problem most of the time is actually working on my WIP in the first place, rather than continuing to work on it. On the other hand, blogging is great for writing something that isn’t a WIP. So perhaps that’s where all my extra writing is going. :p Who knows!

    • Maybe working on something else would help you get started on your WIP? I don’t know about you but a lot of people see blogging as work and take it quite seriously. Perhaps writing something for fun rather than something that will be seen by others would help? 🙂

      • Hmm… That is a possibility. I suppose blogging is quite a bit of work. :p I’ve also been devoting all my free time to reading. So, perhaps I just need to pause from reading for a bit, too. Open up some time for writing again. ^.^

  5. Writing for fun is something I know I should do more often. While I always have fun when I write, I don’t just let my imagination flow for just my eyes only or just to let ideas run. The next time I get a chance to, I’ll let you know 😉

    • I know it’s easier said than done. Writing anything takes time, and sometimes I don’t feel right spending that time on something other than my WIP. I just had that problem yesterday, actually. I really wanted to get away from the sequel and write something completely different, but it’s hard to justify it sometimes.
      I hope you find some time to write for fun, and I hope you enjoy it without guilt 🙂

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