So, you are trying to get that novel started, and things are going well so far. But sooner or later, everyone runs out of steam. Sometimes it’s
a mood thing… you know, you wake up one day and your just not feeling the flow of things like you did the day before.
Writers do some of the strangest things sometimes to inspire themselves. I have seen people jump out of airplanes, go deep sea diving… I even know of a western writer who rides bulls whenever he gets line locked!
This article will explore a few options that some best-selling authors use. There is nothing that will restart your whenever they need a push
in the right direction. Keep in mind, these tricks usually work, but not always with everyone. Sometimes you have to get creative.
Camping in the forest
One of the greatest ways to gain inspiration is to get back to nature, and what better way to get back to nature than camping?
The reason I love the forest so much is that it is such a contrast to my everyday life. No cars, no congestion… just beautiful nature. Most
of the time a walk down a cool path is just what you need to get the creative juices flowing.
One of my favorite things to when I am camping is to go fishing. Usually the boat ride itself does the trick, but when I am fishing, I find that my mind wonders more than usual. I am so refreshed at the end of the day; I can write for hours.
Not everyone is a camper, and sometimes we just don’t have the luxury of being able to drop everything and hit the woods. If you can’t get away, then at least try to change settings for a while. Maybe just a walk through the neighborhood.
A day at the spa
Now I have to admit, I have never had a day at the spa. I have heard many stories about how you can spend a day at the spa and come back a brand new person. Maybe I am missing something. My sister once explained the spa experience, and it went something like this. When you first arrive, they make you feel like you are the only person on the planet. You are pampered from the moment you step in to the facility.
The staff listens intently to all of your concerns and ailments, so that your session can be tailor made to fit your individual needs. I have heard women say that just changing into the luxurious robes allows you to forget all the worries of life.
After an hour of hot rocks and warm towels, you feel like a brand new person. I have known about people who can walk out from a day at the spa and write an entire novel! I have my doubts, but they swear by it!
Walking on a treadmill
As you well know, all of us should take care of ourselves. Not only is this a good idea for staying healthy, but it is important for our mental health as well. As of September 2018, 20.6 percent of all Americans worked out. Now, one in five doesn’t sound like many, but I think these people are on to something.
The reason we feel so good after working out is that when you start exercising, your brain sees it as a moment of stress. When your heart starts pumping faster, your brain thinks you are either fighting or fleeing.
To protect you from the stress, your body releases a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). The BDNF repairs and protects your memory neurons and acts like a reset switch for your brain. That’s why we feel so much better and we think more clearly after working out. We feel better, and usually, we are happier.
Writing, as a rule, is done while sitting down. A long as we are motivated and have something to write, we pretty much stay sitting down.
Following this line of thought, writers are not the most physically fit people. We should rethink this.
It is a proven fact that sometimes, writers get writers block. It is also a proven fact that exercise clears our minds, and gives us a fresh mental picture. It stands to reason that all writers should work out on a regular basis, as it makes our work much easier. Just food for thought…
Playing with the kids
Children… When they laugh, we laugh. When they smile, we smile. Children remind us of how to enjoy life, and take its blessings as they come. They are simple and uncomplicated. The root of how they are thinking is usually pretty easy to find.
When you are looking for inspiration, children can change your way of thinking in a second. No matter how your day is going, if you try to see things through their eyes, you can usually see things differently, at least for a moment.
When I first started writing, my sons were young. Three boys; two three-year old’s and one nine-year-old. Two of them were recent orphans from Ukraine, so every day was a learning experience for them. Our house was the definition of inspiration!
In the few years that they were young, I spit out two novels and seven books. It was all so easy, and I don’t remember even one incidence of writers’ block. Do you think this was a coincidence? I don’t.
There are parks everywhere, and usually, you can find a bench close by. Take your laptop to the park, and watch the children. Soon you will be writing up a storm again. Thank God for children.
Find your inspiration
Inspiration is everywhere… all you have to do is find it. The main thing to remember is that when you have reached a point where you have no new thoughts, change your environment. Go to the grocery store, or the post office. Schedule your daily activities during your writing sessions.
If you follow some of these practices, you will soon discover that writers block is just your minds way of asking you for a break. Do yourself a favor, and give your mind that break. I’ll see you between the pages…