Just last week I was suffering from a little writer’s block so I went for a long walk, exploring a new neighborhood, and by the time I got back I not only felt refreshed and ready to write – I had three new ideas for blogs.
Sometimes your brain shuts down and goes into hibernation.
And when that happens, you have to stimulate it to wake it back up.
Now, it’s not like you need to sign up for a few sessions of electro-shock therapy. There’s no voltage involved. But you do need to sometimes give you mind a little jolt.
The best way to stimulate your mind is to try something new, something that takes you out of your comfort zone. If you’re like me and your favorite author is Stephen King, then forcing yourself to read some poetry might be all it takes to do the trick.
If you’re a desk jockey – and most bloggers are – get outside and enjoy the weather – no matter whether it’s bright and sunny, or cold and blustery. Dress appropriately, mingle with Mother Nature and just let your mind wander.
Physical activity helps stimulate your mind, too, which is another reason to get outside and take a walk. If it’s been a while since you used your gym membership, this might be a good time to get back to your workout schedule. In fact, regular physical activity will help prevent blogger’s block so you won’t have to worry about coming up with something new to stimulate your mind.
If you typically listen to Rap music, check out Bach or Beethoven, or some of the old time classic rock bands. If you’re an Aerosmith fan, listen to some of the earlier Beatles’ lyrics.
One of my favorite ways to waken the muse is to take a stroll through a library. I have my favorite authors but I like to randomly choose one aisle, close my eyes and randomly choose a book. Of course, the rule is, I have to read that book from cover to cover, and you’d be surprised how many new ideas I’ve picked up.
I also enjoy visiting coffee shops or diners and listening to the conversations going on around me. After all, most of our readers are just regular people with regular problems and questions.
It doesn’t take much for your thought processes to fall into a rut. And the longer you sit there and stare at the screen the worse it gets. Suddenly, there’s something wrong with every idea you come up with or you can’t come up with a good opening paragraph.
If you’re stuck for more than 20 minutes then it’s time to get up, move around and stimulate your mind. Even a 10-minute distraction can do wonders for your creativity.