Tag: writer’s block
Debra of DebraKreps.com recently sent me a link to this blog post from iso50.com, looking at the various tactics 25 top creative types use to overcome writer’s block or to get themselves out of a rut. It makes an interesting read, and I use a number of them myself.
One of the best places for me to generate ideas or mull over current ones is the shower. I love the shower. If I ever win the lottery or make it big as an author I will build a state of the art shower with a waterproof keyboard and screen so that, when inspiration strikes, I can get it down there and then. The number of times I have stumbled out of the bathroom, looking for a pen and paper…
People watching. There is nothing like getting out and about, seeing humanity in full flow. Sitting in a cafe or bar is another great way to people watch; good coffee, tea, cake and people. And not just watching, listening too. I also like to make up conversations between people that I can see but not hear. Great fun, although, if there are two of you doing this, it can descend to the gutter if you are not careful
Ironing. I rarely iron. But when I do, I invariably end up thinking up all sorts of things and ideas, especially if the radio or music is on.
Going for a walk can be a great way to generate ideas, especially if you make a point of trying to notice details and situations. These can spark ideas and extrapolations like you wouldn’t believe. I like to listen to music when I do this, having the real world drowned out by the music seems to focus my mind and visual concentration.
Of course, reading is a great way to get out of a rut. Somebody else’s ideas, style and energy can transform, challenge or inspire you. Sometimes stepping out of your head into someone else’s takes you away from your problems, and leaves you refreshed and capable.
Finally, doing something or going somewhere different can also be a fantastic source of inspiration. There is a whole world of experience out there to explore and tapping into it is a must. Writing, by its nature, is a solitary introspective endeavour, translating experience, imagination and self into something different and engaging. Going out into the world, with new experiences that force you to reconsider, challenge and redefine yourself, can only be a good thing.
How do you reinvigorate your creativity?