1. I hang out with other writers. I'm excited to have a new group of writer friends getting together once a month to chat about our current projects, get feedback on places we're stuck, and just share what's going on in the writing world. If you don't have any writing friends, I highly recommend finding some. Take a local class, peruse the postings board at the library, check Meetup for regional groups, or post on a writer's blog if you want to start a group of your own. The energy you'll get is worth the hour or two away from your desk.
2. I hang out with other writers. I know, I said that, right? But this time instead of an in-person group, I visit websites where other writers hang out. Mostly I lurk and learn, sometimes I post or respond to questions. Follow blogs or Facebook posts, or whatever your favorite social media is at the time. Just knowing there are other writers out there facing the same challenges you are is enough empowerment to send me back to my computer to tackle that tough scene.
To get you going, I wanted to share a list of some of my favorite websites. They're not all writers' hangouts, some are references or informative sites. But they all kept me going at one point or another.
And remember, if you're looking locally, my next series of classes is starting up. It's not too late to register.
Some of my favorite website:
MS WishList #MSWL
The Write Life
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
National Novel Writing Month