Peace family, what do you do when you are in a rut? When you are feeling uninspired, how do you get back into action?
I have been having some major writer’s block, both with this blog and also with a novel I am trying to write, and it’s made me want to think back to other more creative times in my life. This is certainly not a complete list of things to do to help when you feel a little lost in your endeavors, but here are some ideas for both of us:
1) Something Physical- When I feel mentally slow, many times it can be attributed to the fact that I haven’t really exercised in a while, that I haven’t gotten the sleep that I need, or that I have been eating food that was bad for me. Or even just too much food, and maybe not enough water! Besides those things, sometimes it can be really refreshing to physically try a new location for a while. Really take time to observe what is around you and appreciate it.
2) Something Mental- I have found that when I just can’t focus enough on my own writing or art, sometimes enjoying someone else’s can help stimulate that part of my brain and get the juices flowing. Reading my favorite authors or listening to beautiful music can give me new ideas, or remind me why writing well is something that I want to do. Also on the mental side, it doesn’t hurt to come up with a plan to meet your goal. Actually, I think it really helps and takes some of the pressure off.
3) Something Social- When was the last time that you shared your heart with a friend? Not only does the sense of well-being I get from spending time with someone who loves me help me to concentrate better on tasks at hand, but I find that talking about a project or passion with someone I trust can get me excited all over again.
4) Something Spiritual- Pray about it. Dedicate it to God. Spend time reading the Bible and listen for any ideas that God might share with you. He is the most artistic, beautiful and inventive Creator in all of time, after all.
5) Finally, just keep trying! Even if the product isn’t ideal, the effort is good practice and might help get you back on the bandwagon… even if your blog just ends up being about being in rut! 😉
Anyway, jut a few thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.