Once in a while I lose my creative spark. For a short time, I feel like stale graham crackers: tasteless and limp. Do you ever feel this way?
Writing Tip for Today: Some refer to this as writer’s block, but I don’t usually feel blocked. For me, it’s more like I’m past the “purchase by this date” sticker. To regain the crisp flavorful spark of creativity, here’s what I do:
- Read a GOOD Book. Some writers ask if I find myself “copying” the author of this good book. Nope. Once I’m back in the computer chair, I feel energized and fresh, but the author’s words don’t reappear unless I’m intentionally lifting phrases. Which I don’t do. Find a pearl of your genre, reread a favorite (are there any romance writers who don’t wear out their Jane Austen novels?) or peruse the bestseller lists for a new read.
- Be Inspired. In the same way, attending a lecture, seminar or conference can refill your empty tank. If you can’t find one nearby and affordable, try googling for essays on writing. One I love is by Lorrie Moore.
- Three Amazing Things. Lewis Carroll wrote that we should do three impossible things before breakfast. For writers who need a jump start, try carrying a small notebook or use your phone or tablet to record three amazing things per day. You could then use these bits in your work-in-progress or tuck them away until needed. Writers notice what’s going on around them, inside them and in others. By jotting three of these “noticings” a day, you can reawaken your creative self.