As a writer, there are times when my creativity freezes. Writer’s block is something most authors face at one time or another. We lose that sense of purpose or inspiration. Sometimes it happens while we’re working on a story, article or books. It’s happened to me when I got discouraged collecting rejection slips—a fate common to most writers. There are many ways to get back on track. Here are some suggestions that have worked for me at one time or other in coping with lack of inspiration:
Select a set time for writing each day. (I prefer the early morning.) Try to choose a time when you are least likely to suffer interruptions.
Practice meditation. It both calms and stimulates mental function.
When you are feeling discouraged or unproductive, get away from the computer and go for a walk. If it’s too cold or nasty outside, use a treadmill or drive over to a mall and walk around inside.
Visit a bookstore and browse. Buy a book that you’d like to read.
Visit a library and browse. Borrow a book that looks interesting.
If you’re a fiction writer, read some nonfiction: books, magazines and newspapers, in print or online. If you’re a nonfiction writer, pick up a novel to read. Try to read something you wouldn’t ordinary peruse. Broaden your horizons.
Communicate with other people. Talk to friends and family. Take an interest in their lives.
Listen in on conversations you overhear in restaurants and at gatherings.
Visit a museum. Study the displays. Take notes on those things that interest you.
Go to an art gallery and study the paintings for inspiration. Put yourself into an interesting painting. Who are you? Where are you? What are you doing?
Take a trip somewhere you’ve never been before. Get out of your comfort zone and predictable life style. Visit a different city or a different country. Plan a vacation. The stimulation of meeting unfamiliar people and seeing different places can inspire new thoughts and ideas.
Finally, we come full circle. Help can be found on the internet as well. For example, check out this essay on the different techniques employed by successful, famous authors to stimulate their writing:
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