“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
― Colin Powell
Recently, I took a class about keeping your muse satisfied, keeping your creativity in tip-top shape, and trying new things to keep the good ideas front and center.
There is a lot that goes into the care and feeding of a reliable muse, and for those of us who pursue the writers life, we want to at the top of our game when it comes to keeping creativity fresh. After all, it’s our lifeblood, right?
This course was all too brief, and very reasonable in terms of cost, as are most courses offer by the savvyauthors.com. The ability to improve any aspect of craft is available there and for those of you who aren’t sure about the craft, this is a wonderful venue for learning craft.
We talked about a number of ways to keep yourself active, positive and successful in the long-term writing life. For some, this is never a problem. There are many authors who write in multiple genres for multiple publishers and have no difficulty, providing they are allowed to have input to deadlines.
Of course, there are others who cannot sit down and produce a viable page during designated writing time. No creativity on demand. Because they feel creativity doesn’t work like that.
Writing is a job. Ask anyone with any other type of job about the loss of enthusiasm for the job they hold other than writing. It happens. Some days no one wants to go to the hospital and deal with sick people. But MD’s and Nurses don’t call in sick themselves with Medical Block.
So there you have it, writers block, not real. You’re just too lazy to do your job.
But if you’re not writing due to a lack of creativity, that’s another thing entirely. What can you do to improve your situation?
Enhance your creativity. First, try doing something else. Have some fun, try another art form, read for pleasure, take a walk, have lunch with a friend.
Energy sapped so low you need a real jump-start to get back to writing? Try rearranging your furniture. Maybe the energy flow is negative, how about some Feng Shui?
How about inspiring quotes? You know, I really like them.
I have more than one positive reinforcement on the walls of my office. Some I chose for myself, and some were gifts from others, writers who know how long and hard I’ve worked to call myself a writer. I’m going to share a few with you, in hopes that you will respond by sharing with me, too.
In no particular order,
“Home is where your story begins”
“Create something everyday”
“Don’t judge a book by it’s movie”
“Now is your happily ever after”
But I did save my favorite for last. It’s a little girl pointing to her left and the sign reads, “Complaint Department– 200 miles that way”
Share with me what makes you smile, gets you going, or gets you back to work. And Thanks for stopping by.