Ever struggle with getting started writing? My contributor Rebecca has some great tips for When Inspiration is Lacking and how to get your creativity flowing.
Blogging or writing consistently can become challenging when you are always looking for new sources of inspiration or creativity daily. We may not all be writers, but most of us have times in our life when we have a project that requires some creativity, and that spark just does not seem to ignite. If we are constantly waiting for our muse, those creative projects may never get done. That guest room won’t be painted. Those Christmas gifts won’t be made. That card you’ve been meaning to write your best friend will go unsent. Or if you’re a blogger like me, your blog will become a source of frustration and disappointment. Here are a few ways I’ve learned to combat that spell when inspiration is lacking.
1. Step Away From The Project
Nothing is worse than staring a blank screen for hours with nothing coming to mind. Sometimes it’s best just to walk away and come back with a fresh mind.
2. Read A Book
Find a good book that has nothing to do with what you’re working on. Let it transport your mind to another place and allow your thoughts to wander.
3. Take A Nap
I do my best thinking right as I’m drifting off to sleep. Just be sure that you keep your phone or notepad handy for any interesting thoughts that you may need to capture.
4. Talk To A Friend
A lot of times I have an idea brewing but I can’t put it in to words. If I spend time talking to a friend around the subject of my idea, sometimes I will say what I had been wanting to say before I even realize the thought came to me.
5. Write ANYTHING
If you’re working on a writing project and you are worried about saying the exact right thing, try writing any words that come to mind without worrying what you are saying. Stream of consciousness writing can be very powerful for coming up with new ideas.
6. Find Inspiring Photographs
I love finding photographs that seem to tell a story and then imagining the situation and writing the story that I imagine down. Sometimes the simple act of finding the hidden story in a photograph, can trigger bigger ideas.
What do you do to spark inspiration?