Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It’s a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. ~ Paul Rudnick
Writer’s block. We have all had it – particularly those of us who were delusional enough to think it would be a piece of cake to write a daily blog for over a year. How on earth can we possibly come up with topics for 365+ days… yet, somehow we manage to (some with more popularity than others).
I must say, I do not think a $1 destiny bracelet advertised above will be the muse that inspires meaningful writing, although you never really know. These are some of the things I do when I just cannot think of anything to say on paper:
- Look at photos as topic inspiration )often a photo will spark an idea for a post).
- Look for a great quote (great quotes often are worth pondering in a larger context).
- Read other blogs(bloggers can be wonderfully inspiring).
- Listen to great music (music often is a thinking catalyst).
- Read the newspaper (there is always something there to comment about!)
- Go on a walk – whether in the big city or in the midst of a meadow or forest, there is much inspiration when we get out of our home and into the world.
- Read a book (book themes can greatly inspire posts).
- Talk to foreigners – or better yet, travel to new countries (multi-cultural exchange is great for writing.
- Volunteer (make a difference in someone’s life and write about it.
- Cook – then write about it, even if you burned brownies!
- Spend time with animals (observe their patterns and learn)
- Be kind to children (spending time with children and making them laugh is a great cultivator of joy and inspiration).
- Forgive an enemy (then write about it).
- Start a craft project (and document it through writing.
As seen by this list (which is just the beginning)! There are MANY, MANY things we can do in order to gain inspiration for writing. When you have writer’s block, what inspires YOU???
Today, 295 days ’til 40, I will celebrate having writer’s block, as it gives me the opportunity to experience wonderful things while searching for inspiration. May the words you yearn to speak always be at the tip of your tongue (or fingertips!)