Gratitude in advance is the most powerful
creative force in the universe.
– Neale Donald Walsch
What do you do when you’re blocked and lack the inspiration to write or create?
Have you ever been blocked and unable to work on a creative project even though you had a deadline looming?
Every once in a while this happens to me.
I don’t like to call this writer’s block because it’s temporary so instead I refer to it as loss of inspiration.
Loss of inspiration strikes when I’m too stressed and have to write something when time is running out. The more I think about it the more overwhelmed I become and the less I want to do it. All I want to do is escape and avoid it. Usually what I end up doing is surfing the Net and wasting time.
After this happened one too many times I decided to put some systems in place to overcome days when I feel blocked.
Be prepared for the times you feel uninspired to write or create.
1. Have a supply of topics at the ready. I keep a notebook of writing ideas and jot any and all that come to me. I even write down ideas in the middle of the night on a pad I keep by my bedside. The next morning I will transfer them to my notebook for safekeeping. I also keep a small notebook in my purse so that where ever I am I can record my idea.
When I get an idea it’s usually a title. I write down the title followed by a couple of sentences or even a paragraph that describes the basic premise of the article. This way when I refer to it I know where to go with it. I can’t tell you how many times having my notebook to refer to has jump started my writing when I wasn’t feeling especially inspired.
2. Look through the drafts of unfinished articles on your computer. I’ve written many articles halfway through only to be interrupted and never return to them. I never delete these drafts just in case….and they have come in quite handy at times.
3. Use “waiting time” to write. Some of my best writing was done in doctor’s waiting rooms. I’m my elderly mother’s caretaker and at 85 she has a lot of doctor’s appointments so I use the time free of all digital distractions to write. I keep a carry all bag ready with a nice thick notebook and pens that I take with me on her appointments. When I feel stuck or pressed for time I go back through the note book and transcribe an article. You can do the same thing. Are you taking a friend or family member to the doctor’s, grocery store, the mall or to a practice game? If so use your waiting time to write and start building your own stockpile of articles.
4. Record your thoughts. I highly recommend buying a small digital recorder. I take it with me on walks. I find that walking inspires a lot of great ideas for writing. Sometimes I’m so inspired by an idea that an entire article comes pouring out as I walk. The trouble is that by the time I get home I won’t remember exactly what I said so using a recorder helps me capture the inspiration before it disappears. You can use your phone too but I prefer a digital recorder because of its singular purpose. If I were to use my phone I might be tempted to make a call and talk while I walked instead.
5. Ask for intuitive inspiration. If you read Powered by Intuition you know that our most innovative ideas spring from being intuitively inspired. Inspired thinking never comes from the same old thoughts swirling around in our heads. Inspiration comes from our connection to Infinite Intelligence. The technology for transferring this information is via our intuition. The best way to receive constant inspiration is to develop a practice of daily meditation.
To get on the spot inspiration take your attention off the problem. Plant the intention that you want to receive an inspiring idea in the next hour. (Yes you can give your inspiration a deadline).
Close your eyes and take a few relaxing breaths. Then see yourself in your mind’s eye writing furiously. See the words filling up the screen (you don’t need to know what they say). Just tell yourself that within one hour or less you will be hit by the perfect idea to craft your article.
Then go for a walk preferably in nature. Natural surroundings will help you cultivate creativity. If you can’t go for a walk do a chore around the house. Do not watch TV or surf the Net. Stay away from digital devices. Stop thinking about writing and allow your intuition to do the heavy lifting. Get into what you’re doing, be mindful and present in this activity.
If you begin to feel anxious reinforce the idea that you will receive an inspiring idea within the allotted time and continue to go about your business.
When you are hit with an inspiring idea thank your intuition and Infinite Intelligence and be grateful! Now sit down and start writing about it immediately before you lose it.
If you go the whole hour without receiving and idea sit down at your computer and start writing anyway. This is important. You must sit down after one hour and begin writing. Your higher self needs to know you are serious about wanting an idea and wanting it within a certain time frame.
Write whatever comes to you and begin to follow this idea. Do not get up and do not stop! Keep writing. At first what may come out are random ideas and you may hate every last one them but keep going. By continuing to write you are priming the pump.
Keep writing until the ideas start to flow and they will. Eventually you will receive a nugget of gold that inspires you and you will have your idea for the article.
How do you deal with a lack of inspiration for writing or creating? What works for you. Have you ever considered any of these three strategies?
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75 Great Inspirational Quotes
Like most people I love quotes. Whenever I find one that inspires me I save it. I hope you find a few here that inspire you live up to your full potential too!
1. “Most people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.” –Hermann Hesse
2. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” –William Shakespeare, Hamlet
3. “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do then do it with all your strength.” –George Washington
4. “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” –Maya Angelou
5. “If you want to be great and successful, choose people who are great and successful and walk side by side with them.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
6. “Use things, not people. Love people, not things.” –Author Unknown
7. “Before making a decision, ask inside for guidance. Be patient and await an answer. Act only when you feel calm and certain.” –Deepak Chopra
8. “Forgiveness is another word for letting go. –Matthew Fox
9. “Remember when you see a man at the top of a mountain, he didn’t fall there.” –Unknown
10. “At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
11. “Change is inevitable; growth is optional. – Unknown
12. “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” –Richard Bach
13. “I’m a Feather on the Breath of God.” Flowing where I can best be used in service to my calling.” –Oprah
14. “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” –J.Goethe
15. “Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision. –Hsi-Tang
16. “You cannot truly know the meaning of your life until you are know the one who created you.” –Shri Mataji
17. “Every man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds… Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
18. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
19. I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. – Tony Robbins
20. “What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau
21. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” — Alan Kay
22. “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. For boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” –Goethe
23. “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted” — Jack Kerouac
24. “Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment.” –Rumi
25. “The door you open to give love is the very one through which love arrives.” –Alan Cohen
26. “Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it…” – Krishnamurti
27. “If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.” –Jean Paul Sartre
28. “The next thing you think, the next action you take, will either create a new possibility for you, or it will repeat the past.” –Deepak Chopra
29. “Many failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas Edison
30. “You can decide to stop being affected by the outer world and, instead, to affect the world around with your peace.” –Orin
31. “If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.” — Kahlil Gibran
32. “Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify, simplify!” — Henry David Thoreau
33. “I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
34. “All the elements for your happiness are already here. There’s no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just be.” –Thich Nhat Hanh
35. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison
36. “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell and a hell of a heaven.” — John Milton
37. “There is no way to transform the world other than transforming yourself.” – Deepak Chopra
38. “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” –Danny Kaye
39. “Power over others is weakness designed as strength. True power is within, and it is available to you now.” –Eckart Tolle
40. “Today I live in the quiet, joyous expectation of good.” –Ernest Holmes
41. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” –Eckhart Tolle
42. “The most astonishing thing about miracles is they happen.” –Wayne Dyer
43. “Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.” — Eckhart Tolle
44. “When you carry yesterday’s thinking into today, you program tomorrow to be like yesterday.” –Marianne Williamson
45. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” –Rumi
46. “The cosmos is structured to bring about growth, and growth is always in the direction of greater love and happiness.” –Deepak Chopra
47. “There is no paycheck that can equal the feeling of contentment that comes from being the person you are meant to be.” –Oprah Winfrey
48. “Help other people get what they want ~ and you’ll get what you want.” –Mary Kay Ash
49. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — Buddha
“A light heart lives long.” — William Shakespeare
50. “Honor your challenges, for those spaces that you label as dark are actually there to bring you more light, to strengthen you.” –Sanaya Roman
51. “Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto!” –Dale Carnegie
52. “The universe is conspiring at this moment to bring you happiness and peace.” –Marianne Williamson
53. “When you accept what is, every moment is the best moment. This is enlightenment.” — Eckhart Tolle
54. “Start the day with LOVE. Fill the day with LOVE. End the day with LOVE… That is the way to God.” –Sai Baba
55. “Learn to see God in all people. When you begin to feel your oneness with every human being, you will know what divine love is.” –Paramhansa Yogananda
56. “Beauty is how you feel inside, & it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” –Sophia Loren
57. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only robs today of its joy.” — Leo Buscaglia
58. “There is only one moment in time when it is necessary to awaken. That moment is now.” — Buddha
59. “Don’t push the river. Let the river come to you.” –Zen Saying
60. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” –Oprah
61. “He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” –Confucius
62. “I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.” –Wayne Dyer
63. “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” –Marianne Williamson
64. “There is a wisdom of the head, and… a wisdom of the heart.” –Charles Dickens
65. “The door to my heart opens inwards. I move through forgiveness to love.” — Louise Hay
66. “Do what is healing to your spirit, and without effort you will bring the world healing in return.” — Alan Cohen
67. “A mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes
68. “In contracted awareness problems appear. In expanded awareness solutions appear. In pure awareness creative opportunities appear. –Deepak Chopra
69. ‘Let the waters settle, you will see stars and moon mirrored in your being.” –Rumi
70. “If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” –Nikola Tesla
71. “Other people and what they think of you … has very little to do with what you are.” — Abraham-Hicks
72. “The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.” — Catherine Ponder
73. When a person achieves a certain level of consciousness, whatever he or she intends begins to happen. –Deepak Chopra
74. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou
75. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” –Marianne Williamson
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