Everyone gets stuck sometimes. Maybe your energy is being put toward something else, and the leftover creative juices feel stagnant and unoriginal. If you’re having trouble generating creativity in your writing, here are a few fast tips to kick-start your creative energy and get you back on the path to producing sharp images and fresh content.
- Make it a ritual. The overarching idea here is to make your writing time something that’s expected. You’ve heard it said that we are “creatures of habit,” and that proves to be true in the way that our minds work. Be really practical—it doesn’t need to be complicated. Write at the same time of day every day. Sit at the same desk. Always have your coffee or tea with you. Light the same candle before you write. Use the same pen (if you’re old school that way). By creating something that the body recognizes, it kicks your brain into creative mode.
- Surround yourself with things you like. Too often we are slaves to the 9-5 and when we get home, we’re so preoccupied with other events we forget ourselves. In order to put on your most creative hat, you’ll need adequate time to do something you enjoy. It can be as simple as going for a short walk, if that’s something you enjoy. You can also physically put things close to you that you like. For me, I love plants and the color green (which is said to be the “creative” color) so I have a small plant on the corner of my desk. Maybe it’s a picture of your family or an object that reminds you of a happy time. It can be anything. Surrounding yourself with enjoyment is one of the most necessary steps to getting out of a rut.
- Expect something. If you enter your writing time expecting nothing to happen, it probably won’t. It’s a brain thing. So just get it out of your head by telling yourself great things will happen if you just dedicate this time to writing. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself, but be confident that if you keep trying, something positive is bound to happen. And even if you feel like it’s not the best, keep writing. Even if your daily writing becomes a 3-point shot into the trash afterwards, that habit you’re creating of producing something will trigger your brain into remembering that it needs to give you ideas next time around.
- Read. If you just need a break from producing, use that writing time that is so valuable to read something. Take it in, soak in it for a while. What do you love about it? What do you hate about it? How could it be better? How would you rewrite it? Take the time to read something other than your own work, and you’ll find yourself getting random and creative ideas about your own writing.