Have you hit a mental block in your writing? Not feeling creative at the moment? As a writer, I know how you feel. Luckily, I have found some awesome ways to tap into my own creativity and rid my self of the frustration associated with writer’s block. Read on for some mental block-busting tips.
Who would have thought that writers would do well to simply sit down with a good book? Genre doesn’t matter. Pay attention to the words and style the author uses and enjoy the story, whatever it is. You’ll likely find bits of inspiration while you read.
Return to Nature
The woods are calling, so just listen to them, OK? When I go hiking, I come back feeling refreshed and energized. Nature is so inspiring that sometimes I find myself crafting poems while I’m hiking.
Listen to Your Favorite Singer/Songwriters
As a writer, it is rarely the melody of a song that I’m most interested in – it’s the lyrics. I respect a number of creative singer/songwriters and love listening to their wordplay, storytelling and creation of metaphor through music. If you speak a second language, I recommend identifying some singer/songwriters in that language too. Your mind will be blown!
Hit An Art Museum
As writers, it’s easy to forget that we are also artists – word artists, that is. That doesn’t mean our inspiration must be limited to other writers, however. I find that an afternoon visit to an art museum or even a chat with a painter, sculptor, illustrator or other creative type can be incredibly useful to get my writing juices flowing. The energy of being around another artist or simply viewing their work can open creative doors for writers too.
Give It a Rest
My most important bit of advice is this: DO NOT force it. I let my creativity ebb and and flow as it desires. I want to love writing forever (this is a long-term committed relationship, you see), and I feel that if I forced myself to write that it would become a chore. That said, sometimes (if you’re on assignment or just have to pay the bills), you have to force it. But let those be rare cases. As I pursue creative writing endeavors I ONLY write when I feel like I simply HAVE TO because the words are DYING to get out of me. Like, I will explode if they don’t get out (you know what I mean). So anyway, don’t force it! Take a walk. Chat with a friend. Do something else that I suggested above. ^^