Remaining creative is a challenge every writer faces. Sometimes your brain just runs out of creative juice, and then panic can set in. The threat of looming deadlines, for instance, can definitely cause your brain to shut off all creative energy and instead put that focus on the panic of the approaching deadline.
Fixing this problem isn’t as hard as you might think. It just takes one small thing: momentary creative distraction. When you’re faced with writer’s block, the best thing you can do is step away and do something else creative. Since we’re all involved in the arts, let’s start there. As an example, I also enjoy painting with oil pastels.I’m not an expert artist. Most of the time I’ll draw stick people to get my point across. However, I’ve found a technique that produces some fun pieces. After sketching out a bunch of shapes on a piece of paper, I pull out the oil pastels and paint them in. While doing this, I typically find that ideas come to me easily, because my brain is being forced to be creative. As an added bonus, I’ll put on some music I enjoy listening to that puts me in a good mood. Upbeat music tends to work better for me, but your tastes may vary.I understand that not everyone is interested in using painting as a creative recharge. For those not interested in painting, and want to know how to be creative in writing after the juices stop flowing, try these:
  • Music (Do you play an instrument? Do you sing? You can even relax and listen to some of your favorite music instead.)
  • Photoshop/GIMP (Just play around and see what you can come up with!  You might even start taking up cover design!)
  • Garden/Yard Work (Have a green thumb?)
  • Write something else (Using writing as an escape from writing?!  Yep, write about something completely and totally out of your usual genre and see where it leads you!  Some of your ideas might actually work in the novel you’re writing now.)

For some added inspiration, John Cleese did a great presentation on creativity, and I’d totally recommend that you take 30 minutes and check it out:

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