Hi SEers! Denise here to talk about taking mini vacations away from writing.
Sometimes, I draw a blank. Not necessarily writer’s block because the words are just within my grasp. Yet, I can’t put them all together when I sit down to write.
This is when I step away from the computer, shut it off, and set my phone aside. My mind needs some inspiration—a mini-vacation from writing.
Where do I find this place to visit? My go-to spot is to head outside and take a walk. There is nothing more inspiring than a stroll through the forest. Maybe I’ll find a peaceful area and write some poetry. Or maybe not.
I’m hoping for those ideas to develop in my thoughts, allowing the words to make their way to the keyboard.
Here are a few ways to encourage creativity to flow again:
- Walk in nature.
- Take a nap.
- Read a book.
- Organize a closet or clean the house.
- Watch TV.
- Ride a bike or motorcycle.
- Enjoy a shopping spree. The Dollar Stores or garage sales are the frugal way to do it.
- Call an old friend and reminisce.
- Create something like a bracelet, a song, or cupcakes.
- Listen to music and dance around if no one is looking.
- People watch.
- Head to the spa and get pampered.
- Look at old photo albums or videos.
- Star gaze.
- Hang out with your pets or volunteer at the local shelter.
- Just be. Do nothing. Take in all you have around you.
After you’ve enjoyed your relaxation, those words will return in their time frame, not ours. In the meantime, enjoy your simple abundance. You never know where you will be led once your mind processes all that creativity and offers you the words you were searching for. Take that me-time to allow that to happen.
My break guided me to a project that had been sitting for a few years. I set aside the one I was working on—at least for now.
How about you? What do you do when those words and ideas aren’t available?