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A Change Will Do You Good…

Autumn LeavesOr so the Sheryl Crow song  says. As I mentioned in a my post from a few weeks back entitled Taking New Paths, I’ve been making a number of changes in recent days.  This time, though, the changes aren’t as big and difficult as asking for my rights back. This change was easy and made a world of difference.

This time around I changed my writing space. Not just my desk, but my whole location. I’d found that where I’d previously been working wasn’t really lending itself to productivity anymore. I knew I’d needed to change something, especially when falling asleep on my keyboard with very little written was becoming the norm.  Finally, a few weeks ago, I grabbed my laptop  and a little folding table and I transitioned myself into the kitchen. I had every thing I needed, bright lights, ready access to coffee and snacks, and quiet. It worked like a charm. Suddenly, I was making more progress then I had in ages.

A change certainly did me good. You may find that sometimes even little changes can help spark ideas and get you moving forward in ways you never expected. For example, in this age of technology I bet most if not all of us are writing using a computer and a word processing program.  Maybe you’re finding that your story isn’t flowing as well as you’d like. Maybe you’re actually stuck, possibly even creatively blocked.  Perhaps try hand writing your story for a bit. Just long enough to power throw the barricade and get the flow going again. Sometimes a small change like going from electronic to manual can unblock the creative channels.

If you’re find that you’re spinning your wheels and your creativity and productivity are flagging, try mixing things up. You never know what will shake loose and what directions you’ll go in.

~Rayna

Clearing the Creative Channels

It seems as though there is always something trying to suck the creativity out of you. Stress with work or family, the responsibilities of day to day living, in my case school all seems to build up and make finding the motivation and inspiration to write difficult. There is always something that tugs at you, pulling you away from your writing or simply draining the creative well dry. Still, if we want to get anything finished we have to find a way to push on, recharge, and  unblock the clogged creative channels so that the stories start flowing again.

One of the things I do is go to conferences. RWA’s National Conference is always very inspirational and gives my creativity stores a huge boost.  Although I will say the strength of that recharge was seriously challenged this year. I came home to discover I had tests due in both of the classes that I’m currently taking. This amounted to four tests in the course of one week since each class requires the completion of a pretest and the actual exam. Unfortunately,  school work had  to take precedence over writing productivity. Once I got through that I jumped back in and actually started making progress.

Another creative boost for me is brainstorming with friends. I love playing the what if game and seeing where it will take me. On a smaller scale a hot shower seems to be another way to help clear the cobwebs and help me focus in on the scene I want to write. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the solution to a plot issue come to me while I’m in the shower. Seriously, I need some sort of waterproof notepad so I can jot down these ideas when they come to me.

What about you? How do you keep those creative batteries charged?