If you’re an author, chances are there are times where you feel drained. Some people refer to this as “writer’s block”, but it’s often nothing more than a creative emptiness. The term “inspiration” is based off of the same roots as “exhalation” – it all has to do with getting a new breath of fresh air. Here are five admittedly strange ways you can find your own breath of fresh air.
Listen to New Music
Everyone has a set of old favorite songs they like to listen to – this is not the time to be listening to them. If you’re having a hard time getting your mind to start churning, you’ll want to grab some new music. Thankfully, you don’t have to invest in new music – these days, there are plenty of new and interesting tunes available online for free. Amazon has daily deals on new, free music that you can download any time you want. Of course, you could always just peruse YouTube and find a new favorite to listen to. Even if you end up not liking the music you find, new and unexpected stimulus can push the right buttons to get that creativity flowing again.
Write in the Morning
When you first wake up in the morning, roll over, grab a notebook, and start jotting down your thoughts. Don’t write in a novel, and don’t necessarily write a journal entry… simply write what’s on your mind. Even if it’s, “I really don’t want to write right now.” This practice is known as a “mind dump” by some, and it’s proven to be one of the best mechanisms to further your creativity. Something about connecting with the first thoughts of the day spurs the brain to move forward on projects.
Color in a Coloring Book
That’s right – in order to gain new inspiration, you’ll need to tread where you haven’t tread in years. Head to you local dollar store, grab a chinzy coloring book and a set of crayons, and head home for an afternoon of coloring. It may sound like a ridiculous tactic, but the brain associates these old past-times with a younger, freer mindset. Giving yourself permission to color (inside or outside of the lines) will also give your mind permission to daydream. We may not realize it, but our society often tells us we should scold ourselves for daydreaming or thinking outside of the box – give yourself permission to play, and your mind will be open to a host of new possibilities.
Take a Shower
Taking a shower or bath has long been heralded as the place some of the greats found their inspiration. This is because a shower is an activity that is so automatic, it allows for the unfiltered portion of your mind to bleed through into your average daily thoughts. Shower not working? Pick up some steam shower spares and get to work fixing it – you’ll need that shower to connect to the relaxed, unfiltered area of your mind. If the shower doesn’t work out for you, try gardening, mowing grass, walking, or even juggling.
Take a Hike
No, literally. If you can’t take a hike, feel free to take a 10 to 15 minute walk, even if it’s just around your neighborhood. It’s surprising how many people live in a town, city, or suburb and never take a chance to really walk through it. It’s amazing what you’ll find out on your hike, and how it’ll spark your imagination.