Part of being a writer means having stuff to write about. As much as I wish they did ideas don’t happen in a vacuum. I have to stay creatively inspired to be able to churn out projects and write my best. To do so, I have a list of things that I do that never cease to fail to help get and stay creatively inspired. Below I list some of the things that I do to help me remain in a creative frame of mind.
I follow a gazillion blogs in my Feedly and not only do I follow blogging blogs and writing blogs, but I also follow fashion and lifestyle blogs and just like Pinterest the trick is to get a seed of an idea then make it all yours. I have found ideas on fashion blogs for example, and then I twist it into a blogging post! I also love looking good, but seriously it gives me lots and lots of ideas for my own here blog.
I know I know you are asking what a diet has to do with being inspired. I will tell you it gets rid of brain fog. I noticed that the ideas flow when I am flowing a Paleo diet. I feel better also, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t write well when I am sick. The two years I was on Paleo was some of my best, so I have recently gone back on it. Yes, you feel like shit for about two weeks then you feel fantastic! And my focus is better the ideas flow the words flow and everything is one flowy paradise.
I will admit this is not the easiest or cheapest diet to be on but the pay out is huge. If you are in business for yourself, you know that you can’t afford to take very many sick days and the whole time I was on it before I got sick maybe once. This last year that I have NOT been on it..well let’s not go there. This has not been the most productive of years. My focus has been off I have gotten sick several times and just generally felt blah. I am determined to not let 2017 repay itself ever again and if that means a very rigid diet well so be it. It is all part of self-care for me.
I am not sure what it is about the treadmill but I seem to have all my best ideas when I am walking on it. It always comes when I am in the zone. I put down all my ideas in Evernote, but it seems that the ideas come rapid fire at times when I am working out.
It also helps alleviate my anxiety, and I don’t know about you, but I can not write when I am feeling anxious. I used to have severe anxiety, but once I started working out, it went away. Working out also keep my bad mood away and again I can’t have ideas or write well when I am in a bad mood. I used to view working out as a chore, but now I see it as part of my self-care routine.
I have been at this whole blogging thing for a few years now, so I forget what it is like to be an utter newbie at this. I have ideas, and I always feel that it is nothing new or original then one of my friends will ask me a question, and I will realize that no not EVERYONE knows what to me feels like old news. In fact, some of my most popular posts have been where I thought everyone knew how to do such a thing. Like my Trello post. I believed that with Trello being out for a few years people would not be interested in learning how to use it. The idea came from a friend asking about the program. So far it has been my most popular post on this blog. Lesson learned. Never assume you know what people will or won’t read.
This is my too when I need inspiration and fast. Pinterest has never failed to give me an idea or two when I felt that I couldn’t possibly come up with one more blogging topic.
I do not stick to the topics that I blog about. I branch out and look at fashion blogs, Paleo blogs among others. It gives my brain a jump start, and I can think of a way to turn it around into a topic that I DO blog about. At times it feels as if my brain is broke and needs some brain jumper cables and that is what Pinterest does. The trick is to get a seed of an idea then make it your own. NEVER EVER flat out copy some Idea. That is just wrong, and it will kill your reputation if you happen to get caught. It is not worth it.
Get out of my comfort zone
My comfort zone is either in a library or at home in my Pajamas reading a book or indulging in a Netflix binge. Lucky me I have friends that demand I do friends things and so my creativity well get replenished.
Other times I will do stuff that I don’t normally do (like leave my apartment) and almost always I come back refreshed and ready to write.
Writing in different places like the local independently owned coffee shop or the library also seems to get my creative juices flowing. I know staying cooped up in my hidey hole is not good for my creativity, but I am a serious introvert, and some situations just drain me, so It is a fine line that I walk.
Read a LOT
I used to think this goes without saying but then I met actual people who stated that they wanted to write and I asked them what they like to read, and then they replied that they, in fact, did not LIKE reading. Ummmmmmm
Writing is like anything else in life to do it well you have to practice and study, and the best way to study is to read what other people who are successful writers have written. ALL successful authors and writers read tons. I read in Stephen Kings On Writing that he spends his morning writing than the rest of the day reading. So if King who is a master reads that much, then you have to read a lot also.
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