"The craggy crack in the glass cast a crooked shadow across the antique maple desk nestled under the east facing window. As the hours gave way from early dawn to mid morning the steam from her third cup of freshly brewed coffee finally began to cool. . .
. . . And then she sat for hours staring at a blank page!"
Whether it is for work, creative release or just a insatiable need to express yourself, writing can go from ease to unease within a short period of time.
So how do you find inspiration when you seem to be at odds with your own words? For each person the 'cure' is as different as the individual. The following is a list of some ideas that have worked for a number of writers that I would like to share with you.
1. Take a walk (or run, jog, bike, swim, yoga) Whatever helps you release some stress and get your blood pumping could be the fix you are looking for in writing as well. A little time away from the pressure of writing can help bring about new ideas. Taking care of yourself can go a long way to successful writing time.
2. Get off Facebook and get some face time with humans! People are the greatest inspiration and source of ideas. The barista at the local coffee shop may just be your next heroine in disguise.
3. Get back to basics. If you are like most writers now, you are using a computer to construct your writing. Pick up a pen and paper and head to a comfortable spot and start to write out some ideas for plots or characters. Sometimes you just have to go back to home base to find out what made you love writing in the first place.
4. Don't rush it. We all have heard that saying "a watched pot doesn't boil". Well, it can apply to writing as well. Don't force it. Ideas will come when they are ready.
5. Find your groove. Ideas are just that - ideas. Suggestions from other people can be a great way to find what works for you.