“Following my muse has worked out pretty well so far. I can’t see any reason to change the formula now”. Chris Van Allsburg
I have always been a great fan of the word “muse”. It has been the driving force behind each and every piece I write, whether on my personal blog or for Thoughtpick. Regardless what the topic might be, I have always found my muse there; leading me towards a certain writing style or approach.
However, the muse is a little moody, conniving fox! It can run away from you and leave you dry of ideas; you can’t think of anything new or creative to write!
That’s okay if you are writing for your personal blog but really negative when you are a writer for a certain blog or even if your own blog is business related! Imagine being a writer for Mashable for example, yet having nothing to write about!
Therefore, and strictly from experience, I decided to share with you the top ten tips of getting your writing groove back!
1. Get Away!
And I mean that in every way possible! Don’t try to force yourself into writing; nothing good will come out of it! Just stay away! Put your laptop off and go out for a walk or watch a movie; anything which is as far away as possible for the topics you are supposed to write about!
Go out, have fun and socialize! (You can even do this online through your social media channels as well). Talk to different people about various topics. Trust me, regardless what the topics are, you might come up with a new fresh idea for a post you never thought of!
3. Exercise! (Really!)
Strenuous, hard exercise has a healing ability to your body and, consequently, your mind as well! After a good exercise and a good night’s sleep, you will be able to think outside the box and your creativity will start to kick in!
A few months ago I wrote a post dedicated to the effectiveness of brainstorming sessions and how they have the ability to ignite ideas and fire up creativity. Never underestimate the power of collective thinking; 4 geeks are always better than 1 :)
5. Read & Research!
No writer knows all! Each and every one of us needs to be inspired by a certain story, piece of news or just an article able to touch our souls or minds. In order to get your muse back, you need to read and research, all topics, because your muse could be hiding between the lines of any well written story, article or even headline! (My favorite places for finding inspiring topics are certainly Twitter and Mixx!)
Yes! I am talking about something similar to day dreaming yet more advanced! Choose a website of your choice, one dedicated to images or video clips, visit it, take a tour around, look at the images, watch some clips, as random as possible, and get inspired! Many of my poems were inspired by Flickr images and Youtube clips!
7. Don’t Force it!
I have around 10 unfinished pieces of writing simply because I tried to force myself to write and was never able to get past the third or forth line! If you don’t feel like writing and you force yourself to do so, it will most probably end up being dull, monotonous and repetitive writing!
Whether you are a writer for a certain blog, or even a designer, always make it a point to communicate your creativity block to your supervisor. I am sure that intelligent and successful managers will be able to understand that you are in a no-go-zone for now. Maybe they can hand you different responsibilities until you get your groove back!
9. Control Your Stress!
The more you stress about not being able to write, draw or design, the longer your muse would keep playing with you hide and seek! Relax, do some yoga, listen to some soft music while trying to relocate your muse again!
10. Use Yourself!
I mean that very innocently ;) Take the time to skim through your old posts, the comments and the buzz. Try to remember what made your post a success or even a failure! Your notes on your previous posts could really help you come up with something new and even better!
Finally, I wonder: Have you ever lost your muse too? What did you do to get it back? Do have any special advice for those creative minds out there facing a block?
As always, looking forward to your thoughts and comments down below!