Some people would argue that there's no such thing as writer's block. I guess I agree with that. A lot of times, it's mind over matter - it's the sitting down and doing it that's difficult. But I know without a doubt, there are times when my own writing feels a bit stifled and inspiration isn't exactly right around the corner. The blessing for writers, and creators of all artistic forms, is that taking action in fun ways will help reapply a fresh approach to your creative spirit.
Get out of the house
Last week, I went on a field trip. My husband took two of our children, Danielle took the baby, and I went to the library. For two-and-a-half hours, I worked diligently, and uninterruptedly developing a magazine article idea, and then even managed a significant amount of time on my book. It was wonderful. No sippy cups to fill, diapers to change or sibling disagreements to mediate. Did somebody say Heaven?
Seriously though, sometimes inspiration comes in the form of a break from the norm. For parents who stay at home, it can be hard to juggle everything - housework, parenting, and everything else in our lives - and try to write too. It's overwhelming at times and coming up with fresh ideas amidst all of that is hard to do. Getting out of the house isn't always an option for everyone, but when the opportunity strikes take advantage. One or two getaways a week can do wonders for your muse.
Re-inspire by doing something enjoyable
Do something you enjoy to reawaken your creative spirit. It doesn't have to be writing related. Go for a walk and take note of the fresh green foliage bursting from buds in trees. Feel the wind blowing gently on your face. Listen to the spring birds singing. Watch them flitting about as they prepare nests for future babies. Use all of your senses like a child would. Enjoy the experience.
If that doesn't get the juices flowing for you, do something else that gets your mind off of life's worries - the things that really block inspiration. Draw up a warm bubble bath, light a few of your favorite scented candles, and grab up that magazine that came in the mail three weeks ago (or three months ago). Treat yourself to a freebie spa in your own home.
Whatever you enjoy that's deeply relaxing, give it a try. You work hard and you deserve it. You'd be amazed what a few moments of quiet doing something you enjoy can do to stir up new ideas.
Buy yourself something new
For me, there's nothing quite as motivating as buying new exercise clothes to get me to go for a run. It's the same thing with writing. Having new stuff to use - sticky notes, pens, or a pretty journal - inspires me to write something new. If you're on a tight budget, don't worry. These items can be found at affordable prices at your local Dollar Store, and if it ends up being enough inspiration to land you an assignment, it might just be worth it.
Remember that all writers have periods of great creativity and those that are not quite as productive. It's ok. When the less industrious times come, take an active approach. Follow these suggestions or come up with your own to get yourself back on track.
What are some of your best tips for renewing your writing inspiration?