Every writer will run around the “writer’s block” from time to time. Some days our creative juices just won’t flow no matter how many cups of coffee we drink. Here are some lessons I’ve learned to help prime my mind’s pump and keep me inspired.
- Rest! Rest! Rest! Be sure you are getting adequate rest. Fatigue dries up creative juices and clouds a writer’s mind. I’m convinced a 15-minute afternoon power nap can recharge brain cells.
- Clean your plate. Be sure you are eating nourishing meals. Sugary snacks can cause blood sugars to rise for a few minutes and then plummet. Low blood sugar creates foggy thinking. Keep healthy snacks at your fingertips.
- Count your blessings. Make your favorite pastime counting your blessings. Stress short circuits creativity. Remind yourself often that you’re too blessed to be stressed.
- Keep growing. Read inspirational books, blogs, magazines, etc. Expand your mind and continue to develop as a person. Don’t allow the problems in life to make you bitter and cynical.
- Keep making music. If you play a musical instrument, take time out of your busy day to relax and make music. If you don’t play an instrument, turn on the radio or play your favorite CD. Fill your home with songs that move and motivate you.
- Join a writer’s critique group. It’s a great day to be a writer. If you don’t have a writer’s group in your area, you can join one online. Be humble enough to allow others to critique your work. Remember the best manuscripts aren’t written, they are rewritten.
- Visit a nursing home. My first story in print was about two elderly women bidding each other a final farewell. I was an eyewitness and deeply moved by their simplicity and authenticity. I went home and jotted down the encounter.
Find your source of inspiration . . . and keep writing!
by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter
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