How many times have you opened your computer and stared at the monitor with absolutely no idea in your mind? How many times have you stared and hoped that from somewhere an idea will hit you and you will come up with a post to revive your blog, which needs to stay active? The answer for me is – many.
Recently I realized that more you concentrate on the ”writer’s block” worse it gets. Maybe it is because there is no such thing like ”writer’s block” and it’s only in our minds? Maybe by paying attention we only make it stronger? Maybe there are other ways to get rid of it, easy and fast?
Internet is flooded by different tips to boost creativity and I personally have tried many of them. Some did not work, some others did. Below are the ones, which have been most effective for me so far.
Free your mind – stay empty
It’s ok not to think about anything for a while. It’s ok to free from those twisted thoughts and make some free space in your crowded mind. Think of it this way, when the idea comes, it needs a place to stay and maybe it does not come because your mind is too crowded. So free your mind and enjoy a short-term empliness.
Forget about the deadlines
By thinking about the pressure you make it heavier on you. It’s true the deadline is close that is why you need the idea to come fast, but the ideas don’t come because they are obliged to. Don’t push creativity by your deadlines and pretend that they are no deadlines. It sounds mad, but that’s when most of my ideas come, when they don’t feel squeezed and pressed.
Unglue from that monitor
Just because you are affront of the computer does not mean that you have something to write. If you stay there it won’t mean that the ideas will come either. So grant your laptop a short vacation.
Since you have already forgotten about that damn deadline and are away from your monitor, you can afford watching a movie. Choose a thought provoking, emotion evoking and good quality movie and enjoy.
Take your empty, deadline-free mind out
Simply go outside. Change your environment and take a fresh look at usual things. Pay attention to details, see things from different angle and new ideas may come up.
Watch people (don’t stare though)
I had communications professor, whose favorite activity was watching people. It was his career, his money-making tool and his hobby. Watching people without interacting with them boosts your imagination. You come up with different theories of who that is, why is he where he is, why he does what he does, etc. Only by watching someone you can get a ready story in your pocket.
Lyric based songs
Some people listen to the song and concentrate on the melody, beats and rhythm. I am a word person, so I concentrate on lyrics. Very often a whole poem or concept surprisingly comes up when I hear an expression in a song. So get fresh lyric based music, relax and listen to the words.
Your writings may help you get into the mood. They may also help you find a topic, since there are always some ideas in your writings, which you can elaborate. And last but not least, if you are a good writer, your writings may inspire even yourself.
Of course, there is no universal remedy for curing ”uncreative” state and there is no one unique way of bringing back your muse, inspiration and ideas. Just try some, experiment with others, come up with your own methods and sooner or later you will find what works for you.