As a writer, I know all about creativity. I know how essential it is. I know how fun it can be. I also know what it’s like to be at a loss for creativity. Even as a mom, creativity is important. Combine the needed creativity for being both a mom and a writer . . . well, it’s tough to come by.
When there are people and paperwork and piles to manage . . .
When I look around my house and see the walls that need to be painted and the cupboards that should be organized . . .
When my inbox is cluttered with notes I need to answer about work stuff and volunteer stuff . . .
When output is more than input . . .
. . . my creativity well often runs dry.
What can you do when you need an extra “spark” of inspiration? Here are a few things I do.
- Call a funny friend.
- Sit outside. Breathe in fresh air. Listen to birds sing. Watch busy ants.
- Open a book of poetry, or rent an audio book of poetry from the library. Absorb the symbolism and fresh word combinations.
- Open a cookbook to a random page, then go shopping for the needed ingredients. (And then cook it!)
- Go to YouTube.com and watch old dance numbers like this one.
- Visit Etsy and take their taste test. This is one of my favorites. I love the fresh colors, textures, and ideas.
- Play with Visuwords. Follow word trails and see where they lead you.
- Have a visual feast and iStock Photo. (It’s also a great place for gathering inspiration for novel settings and characters or blog ideas.)
- Pray and thank God for His creativity. Thank Him for your favorite places, people, tastes, and the beauty of nature.
- Read your favorite Bible verses in a translation or paragraph you normally don’t read. Here is my favorite Bible verse in The Message (Zephaniah 3:17): “Don’t be afraid. Dear Zion, don’t despair. Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.”
- Write a greeting card verse and e-mail it to a special person. Or better yet, browse creative sites (like MarthaStewart.com) for card ideas and make your own.
Sometimes what we need is simply a break in our day from the mundane tasks of life. These tips are perfect for breaking up a routine. Who knows? You might end up inspired to finish writing that blog or to tackle that inbox.