Have you experienced blankness while writing before? It’s like your brain switched and no matter how hard you try, you can neither find inspiration nor creativity. The feeling is mutual for most writers, and there’s a solution.
Find new ways to boost creativity and gain inspiration with the following tips:
- Change your writing location: There’s no law that says you must sit in that particular chair, use that same desk, or stay in that one room when writing. Switch it up by walking around, attending events or even trying new things. But if circumstances does not permit you to change your location, you could rearrange the place. Let in some air, Make more room by de-cluttering the space. You’ll find inspiration with time.
- Change your writing time: If you’re accustomed to night writing, you could change to day and vice versa.
- Develop relationships with persons outside your area of interest: Conversations with those persons can spark ideas in your mind which can be developed into something great. You will also gain knowledge and new perspectives on issues.
- Expose yourself to visual arts: There are a thousand and more stories for every bit of art created. Visiting galleries and exhibition centers exposes your mind to them. In turn, your brain begins to decipher hidden meanings and spin tales. That’s a lot of inspiration for creativity.
- Attend writer’s conferences: These conferences allows you interact with writers of different genres. Conversations can spark or swap ideas, and you could get encouragement there.
- Use writing prompts: Writing prompts are your friends in times like these. Those impromptu topics can cause your mind to reboot and turn out great content. A bonus is that you can create enough content to last for days when you might not be creative.
- Participate in writing challenges: Writing challenges help to build your stamina, and pushes your brain to think. Every challenge has a prize, and the idea of a prize can trick your mind into creativity. You can join writing clubs online or offline where these challenges take place. Be diligent in following through to the end.
- Listen to music: Music is a great trigger for creativity. Not only does it set the mood for writing, it also unlocks your emotion and pours it out on paper. You could be spurred to write an alternate ending for its lyrical story, or tell its unfinished story. It can set the tone for scenes you want to write, and so on. There’s no writer who wouldn’t confess to the great power of music in creativity.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself: You’re human. That means your body might break down, and refuse to do what you want. It also means you might use all these tips, and it doesn’t work for you. That’s the time for you to be strong and maintain your positivity.
Remember, you can’t stay in the dumps for long. You will fight back because that’s human nature. So cheer up and try. If you fail, try again. And again, and again after that. The switch will happen, and your creativity will return if you don’t give up.