Due to popular demand... this next post is in tandem with my blog from last week 3 reasons why we face writer's block. Many of my readers asked, "Now that we've identified the problem, how do we get our creative juices flowing? What is your muse?"
In response to these questions, I've compiled a list of 12 activities that help me.
1. Create a routine. I am a creature of habit. It helps my subconscious prepare itself when I know what's coming next.
2. Go for a walk. When I feel like my head isn't clear, sometimes it's best to step away from your writing. Get some good old fashioned fresh air. It's amazing what a little vitamin D can do for us.
3. Eliminate distractions. Those days when we are feeling less than inspired, it's easy to get distracted. I try to keep my writing area free of clutter. I put my phone in another room. Then I keep my eyes focused on what I want to accomplish.
4. Listen to music. On the other hand... maybe a quiet and organized environment isn't your jam. That's ok, you do you! Many pieces of my writing have been heavily influenced by music. Listening to the creative words of other artists can be very inspiring.
5. COFFEE. Need I say more?
6. Freewriting. This is a great solution to combating the perfectionist in me. Inspired by my childhood diaries, I continue to freewrite. Let your pen move you. Get out all of your random thoughts onto paper, and you might just piece together what you are looking to say.
7. Exercise. While working on my first novel, I started running. Getting my blood pumping and feeling the natural endorphins is always a great way to get out of the funk. I often like to think about my character development and story structure during this time. It helps me organize my thoughts.
8. Spend time with someone you enjoy. Sometimes we get so focused and zoned in our writing, that we forget to be social. Make time for your tribe. A little bit of face time can help reset your process, and may even inspire some social content for your work.
9. Play an instrument. By far my favorite muse is to play the piano with my sweet baby girls. We like to make up silly little songs together. Listening to their laughter, and watching their creative minds come up with something new always inspires me. They are so talented!
10. Read. Another great way to find inspiration is by reading the works of others. Dive into that book you've been waiting to finish. Find some quotes that get you. Explore the written word by others, and your own words will flow.
11. Change your environment. Although I like to have my consistent writing station, it's good to get out! Allowing ourselves to create in different places and environments can open up new elements to your writing and experiences. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
12. Call an old friend. Sometimes taking a moment to catch up with a loved one is just what we need. I love chatting with old friends and hearing about everything going on in their lives. It can also be a wonderful safe space to brainstorm new ideas, and to gain honest perspectives. We all need those friends who will give you their constructive and honest opinions no matter what. We love you!