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.
How to keep your creativity flowing:
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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