Just because we’re staying home doesn’t mean we have to be at a loss for inspiration! In this article I am sharing some great ideas to help evoke inspiration to write.
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Turn On Your Right Brain
You need your right hemisphere to move in an unfamiliar way.
If You Have Thirty Minutes Make Something By Hand
I have tried vegan cooking, gardening, painting, sewing, polymer clay modeling. I found out that I actually got some great potential for some of those activities. Do anything you like, and anything that can capture your attention for a while. It will help you refresh all processes of thinking.
I’ve found drawing to be a great way to tap into my creative side before I write. For my blog, I do a pencil drawing then use it to inspire what I write. I’m constantly amazed at what comes out. The same thing goes with my fiction writing. If I can’t get into my right brain enough to write, then I made some polymer clay jewelry.
You can try something new. If you always do what you usually do, your creativity will come to a dead end. If you strive for something new that will certainly feed your inspiration. Even such simple things as a new way to work or a new cooking experiment can help you come up with some new ideas for your story.
Perfection Will never come, Don’t Wait For It
Your perfectionism can work against you, and can stop you from completing anything. Just try to do the best you can, knowing practice makes better, but almost never makes perfect.No one will die if your book does not win the Nobel Prize for literature, or your article is not published in the most popular magazine.
Watch TV show or Read a Book
I know some writers say it is bad to watch TV shows, but I find watching the storyline unfold helps distract me enough that I get excited when I return to my own work. This helps a lot when I’m stuck, it gives my muse a chance to work through the problem while I’m enjoying someone else’s characters. Reading does wonders too.
Listen to Music
I listen to a lot of music and have a playlist for when I’m writing. I have a Pavlovian response to it and immediately start writing when I turn it on. Try different music styles and save it for your next writing hours.
Sleep is The Greatest Creative Aphrodisiac
Creative sleep is what allows us to cultivate our own worlds while writing — something stymied by the barrage of distractions that fill the spaces of everyday life. Before I go to sleep, I meditate for a few minutes, do some breathing exercises, and ask the Universe to open my mind and bring me some fresh ideas.
In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives. And as your mind and body grow accustomed to a certain amount of sleep each night — six hours, seven, maybe the recommended eight — so can you train your waking mind to sleep creatively and work out the vividly imagined waking dreams which are successful works of fiction.
When You Write You’re Creating Your Own Worlds
Like your bedroom, your writing room should be private, a place where you go to dream. The space can be humble and it really needs only one thing: A door you are willing to shut.
Your schedule — in at about the same time every day, out when your thousand words are on paper or disk — exists in order to habituate yourself, to make yourself ready to dream just as you make yourself ready to sleep by going to bed at roughly the same time each night and following the same ritual as you go.
I hope you liked my list. I think that all writers use most of those ideas from time to time, and they have their favourite ones, which work well for them. If you can’t remember them all at once, maybe just choose several things that help you find inspiration, and use them. Good Luck!
Aida Behmen Milicevic
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