Help – I need inspiration

Help – I need inspiration

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.inspiration

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 youmassage 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.kids playing

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…

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8 thoughts on “Help – I need inspiration

  1. Loved your article, its so practical and so true.

    Often when I get stuck writing I do the opposite and sit there staring at the computer for ages and ages. And of course we all know how productive that is.

    This was just the validation I needed to allow myself to take a break and let the creative juices flow again!

  2. Thanks for all of the great tips for getting past the old writer’s block. I can relate well to the idea of using a treadmill and exercise.

    I spend a lot of time writing at a desk, and I find it very useful to keep a regular exercise routine in between sessions to keep the mind sharp and blood flowing. I sometimes just stop and stretch for awhile.

    Also related to that is I take my dog for a mindful walk each morning. I find it really renews my mind and clears space for new ideas to spring up. I find this the most beneficial for getting the muse to be my friend.

    Thanks again for the great tips! Stella 🙂 

    1. Hi Stella, I am currently working on a book, but I have been so busy with my website that I have been neglecting it.  I am thinking of taking my laptop to the park and writing there.  I think will all the kids playing and a fresh prospective, I might have a new angle.  

      Thanks for the visit, and have an awesome day!

      Clay

  3. These tips seem to be more like healthy habits than a cure for writers block, although I guess one does affect the other. Being in nature, relaxing, exercising and playing with the kids all sound like things people should be doing anyways but it is far too easy to let “life” get in the way of, well life actually! 

    I think the list you have provided are actually more like short term goals if you think about it. Each one of these things is actually an accomplishment (to me anyways). The rewards can either be immediate or long term but in essence, this is a good way to find some balance to the chaos we create for ourselves.

    1. Hi Renton… When I was writing, I found myself so engrossed in what I was doing, that I caught myself working through those walks through the park.  I had such tunnel vision, I forgot about the things I used to do on a daily basis, which I am sure is why I got writers block in the first place!  I am older and wiser now (hopefully) so writers block isn’t as much of a problem as it used to be. 

      Thanks for stopping in.

      Clay

  4. I’m not a novel writer but I’m a writer for my own website. Yes, I agree sometimes we have writer block which cannot write anything. The idea didn’t come at all. Maybe I need to do some exercises since I’ve been indoor for a long time. Just 1 question, about the walking on the treadmill, is it applicable if I jog at the park? I don’t have treadmill and don’t really like to go to gymnasium. Anyway nice article 🙂

    1. Hello, Amer… A jog in the park would be much better for you, and the change of scenery will give you the break that you need.  I am sure that after you hit the showers, you will be full of great ideas!  Thanks for checking out my page, and have a terrific day!

      Clay

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