Inspiration comes from the strangest of places. Sometimes, however, no matter how inspired the initial idea, the creative juices don’t flow.
Yesterday, I was working on a scene from my novel, and suddenly the scene began to feel forced and, before I knew it, I’d lost touch with my main character.
No matter how hard I tried, the inspiration was no where to be found.
So, I tried several things, including making another cup of tea, leaning back and staring at my computer (while eating chocolate), and going back to my notes.
Suddenly, there was Henry, my dog, staring up at me with his puppy dog eyes, and I knew it was time for a walk. For someone who barks at shadows, it’s surprising how intuitive he can be. During that quiet walk, my character started talking to me again and by the time we got back home, I’d written the rest of the scene. All I had to do was type it into the computer.
I’ve heard said that Gertrude Stein wrote poetry while sitting in her car. For me, I find the combination of quiet isolation and movement replenishes my creative juices. Walking my dog not only improves my mood, and my writer’s butt, it frees my imagination. And two of the most successful (writing-wise) ideas I’ve had, came to me while driving.
Considering my driving record, that is a bit scary.
Non-the less, it’s true.
Yet, despite this clear correlation between movement and creativity, more often I stubbornly sit there and try to force my way through. Ah well…as they say, it’s tough to teach an old dog new tricks!
My question to you is, how you get unstuck?
While you’re thinking about, click on the photo of John Cleese below to check out his video on creativity. It’s brilliant!