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What do writers do if creativity stalls?
Don’t Panic. Keep breathing and keep your writing schedule. You have no schedule and no writing plan? Hmm. Perhaps you could use the services of a writing coach. I happen to know one. Check out my coaching services at: www.rjthesman.net
Keep breathing. Keep typing something, even if it makes no sense to you. Free writing is one of the best ways to rev up your creative motor.
Go back to the beginning. Read the first chapter of your book or the previous chapter you just wrote. Sometimes you can get back in the action by just visiting your character’s lives.
Do something else that involves creativity. Get out of the office and go for a walk. Look for colorful leaves. When you get back home, sit down and describe those leaves.
Go to an art gallery and look at the creativity of other artists. Feel the fabric in a clothing store. Buy something in a bakery, unless you’re on a diet. If you are, then go home and write about how horrible it is to be on a diet when all you really want in life is a decadent brownie.
Even if your tank feels empty at the moment, fill it up with thanksgiving to the one who gave you the gift in the first place.
Take a nap. Really. Just curl up and snooze for a while. Your brain cells will rejuvenate and you might even dream about the next chapter you need to write. Naps are highly under-rated.
After trying some or all of these steps, read through your “Encouragements” file.
What? You don’t have an Encouragements file? Start one today by printing off this post and highlighting the following:
I am a writer. God has called me to write, and because He is the Creator and I am made in His image – then I, too, am creative.
Words are my tools. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1).
The Word is also with you.