How to get out of a creative rut

We’ve all been there. You’re sat in front of a screen, with a blank page and the intention of writing a blog post/short story/poem/well, anything really and there’s nothing. Zilch. Zero. Your brain has decided not to work today and your imagination has run dry. It’s so frustrating! This happens to me on an almost daily basis and I’ve coined up a few tips and tricks to get you through your imagination drought.

1. Inspiration! Revert back to the tried and tested and grab a book that you’ve probably read a thousand times but it’s your favourite so you don’t care. However this time, pay particular attention the the writing and the art behind constructing each and every sentence. Really focus on the words used and literary tools, it might spark and idea or two and redirect your focus back to your own masterpiece.

2. Step away from the computer, notebook or whatever writing aparatus you are using. Do something completely different and give your hard working brain a well earned break. Go for a walk, or take a bath and just relax and wait for the creativity to come flowing back. If you go for a walk, it is a good idea to take a little notebook with you, nature and landscapes have a way of evoking a flare of the imagination.

3. Take a nap. Even getting 20 minutes shut eye will give your brain a bit of boost and kickstart your writing.

4. Free write. I love love love doing this! I also use this technique to deal anxiety or stress. All you need is a pen and some paper (or a laptop of you’re going to be all tech savvy) and write. The key to this one is to not think, just write. Write what you see, what you smell or feel. Anything goes! Once you’ve started, you’ll find it’s quite tricky to stop yourself.

These are just a few things you can do to try and get out of slump, but I guess the most important thing you need to remember is that it happens to us all and it’ll pass eventually so just ride it through. 🙂

Do you have any tips?

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