For most of us, writing is a passion relegated to our spare time due to our need for money to keep a roof over our head. And let’s face it: between home and the day (or night) job, all that energy can often get sucked right out of you. If it happens often enough, we can despair from ever achieving our dream.
I’m not a writer. I can’t come up with any new ideas.
Everything I wrote tonight (today) sucks.
Maybe I’m not meant to be a writer, after all.
Destructive thoughts. We all have them. But you shouldn’t let them keep you from your dream. And since most of us don’t have the luxury of giving up the paycheck, it’s up to you to find the spark that keeps your creativity at a steady simmer.
This is something I continually struggle with. I have a challenging, often stressful day job that involves not only getting a job done, but developing strategies and working with other people in a variety of capacities. At the end of the day, I sometimes feel like I’ve been on a losing end of a war with a fancy pastry truck filled with steaming croissants and ungodly French goodies. (Let’s face it–if you’re going to get hit by something, you might as well get something out of it.) And yet, somehow I have to find a way to slough off the day job and waken my writer self.
- Some days this requires coffee.
- Sometimes, it’s taking 15 minutes to play Sudoku.
- My husband listens to music.
- Weather permitting, he also likes to take long drives with the top down on his car, the wind buffeting him.
- I like that, too.
- Read a chapter from a bad book that makes you think, “I could do better than that.”
- Read a chapter from a good book, and take care to notice what you like best about what you just read.
Those are my tips so far. They’re not all-encompassing. If you have additional things that you do to stimulate your creative juices, leave a comment. I’m always on the lookout for a new idea to try.
Well, here we are again. My moment is done. Until next time…