It’s amazing to me how many writers like me are out there. They twiddle their thumbs, get up from the chair to walk around and sniff out some new dust, and do a number of things to avoid sitting in front of the computer to work the old brain to create what is so close to the surface. So what can we do if we suffer from the creative abyss, the black hole, the point of no return, the desert of unending dullness and sparsity?
Me, I ponder…… and I ponder some more. There are a few ideas that I have found to be helpful in springing creativity from the empty well. Here are a few of the things I have found works.
1. Go out and eat and have your eyes and ears pealed on what other customers are saying to each other. Of course be discreet, because otherwise you may be looked at a bit strange! Try to piece together a story from a phrase or sentence that sounds interesting. I let my imagination rip, and come up with all types of scenarios from just being “nosey.” Women are especially fun to listen to, because face it, our best friends are our best shrinks!
2. Join a writer’s group. It helps to hear suggestions from other struggling and not so struggling writers. Encouragement is always a good thing, as long as it’s honest and not sugar-coating your badly needed rewrite.
3. Talk to children. They are the eyes and the ears of the world and see life from a fun and fresh point of view.
4. Fall in love with another writer. It’s not only fun but he or she can serve as your best critic if it’s an honest relationship. My writer husband and I met in a creative writing class, and for us, falling in love, brought out the creative juices. I will never forget that most exciting time in our lives. I’m going to write a book about it!
5. Write an experience you have once had that others may find interesting. We all have our own stories to tell!
6. Don’t be hard on yourself when you have moments of emptiness. Treat yourself to something you enjoy doing, and come back to the computer once your mood has changed. The computer screen looks a lot brighter when you are rested and feeling good inside and out. Myself, I like to take a brisk walk around my lake, or just sit under the willow tree and meditate. My mind is free when I come back in to face my writing.
So fellow writers, I would like to know what you do to open up the creative side. Please respond!