Inspiration …and pulling yourself out of the quicksand
I never liked the phrase “writers block”. It always seemed to much like an excuse for saying its okay to give up. But sometimes I think a writer can get stuck in the mud or in a bog of quicksand in their writing. To get out of that quicksand sometimes you gotta look around at your surroundings and look for something to pull you out….a rope, a vine, a ladder, a stick, a friend, a distraction of inspiration.
So here are some of my distractions of inspiration. In this era of the internet some can be found in various places on the web..they may be pictures, poems, videos, music, etc…now of course you are not regulated to just the website…talk a walk, look around ..look at the stars, talk to a friend about the story you are working on. Bring up what ifs and scenarios and let there mind tangle with it like yours can’t seem to do at the moment.
Studies have shown that the oddest places bring up spontaneous ideas…the bathroom is such a place, So go to the bathroom, or take a shower or brush your teeth. A small nap in bed no matter what the time…walking your dog, petting your cat. Try consciously thinking of the thing that is causing the sloooowing down of your writing before you began your routine. Then forget about it and let yourself be distracted and see what happens.
Maybe some of these things will give you some inspiration…see below:
Credit above pic to: http://apolonis.deviantart.com/art/Deception-315967675
What inspires you?