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Stalk your dodgy creativity down in three steps.
Some days, I get up and I feel excited by how much inspiration is bubbling below my cool, newly blonde streaked, exterior. Other days, I get up and think crap! How am I going to get this scene/chapter written when there’s such a lack of visual brilliance going on upstairs? I’d love to tell you those crap days are far and few between, but they happen more than I’m going to talk about. Luckily, I was able to hold my muse down and brainstorm a solution for this awful problem.
First, identify the problem. Do you have a lack of motivation or a lack of inspiration? If it’s the first one, your problems will soon be over because there is only one solution for laziness. STOP! Get a pen and paper. Find your laptop, Ipad or tablet. Hell, scroll a few lines in the sand with a stick for all I care. The goal here is simple. Write. Do. Get off your butt and be active. If you’re not willing to do that, you’ve already lost.
Now, if your problem is lack of inspiration, you can continue with my 3 step solution and the next step would be wander aimlessly. This can be figurative or literal. Peruse a store, watch TV or go to a movie. If getting dressed isn’t something you’re in the mood for, get lost in thought, or, here’s a novel (haha novel) idea, read a book. These things will shift the mind back into a relaxed place where your artistic side doesn’t feel such pressure to perform.
I can’t tell you how long this step lasts. There’ve been times when a quick trip to the thrift will get my ingenuity flowing again. Other times, I’ve had to cycle through everything I mentioned above twice before that stubborn muse of mine would sing. Keep with it. No matter how long. I promise eventually it will work.
The final step is taking advantage of the creativity you’ve stalked down. Life gets in the way. I’ll be the first one to admit it, but if you feel those first stirrings of inspiration just as its time to pick your kids up from school that doesn’t mean you should let it slip away. You’ve got a smartphone. Email yourself a few quick lines on that scene you’re struggling with. If there’s a pen and a McDonald’s bag hanging out in the front seat, use it to jot down an awesome/funny one liner that just came to you.
So, let’s recap.
The 3 Steps that will help you stalk your creativity down go like this:
- Identify the problem as one of two things. Lack of motivation or lack of inspiration. If it’s a motivation problem: quit feeling sorry for yourself and WRITE! If it’s an inspirational problem, proceede to step 2.
- Wander aimlessly. Get out of your office and go for a walk. Take pictures. Shop. Get your hair did. Watch TV or lose yourself in a book. Give your nugget the zoning out time it needs.
- 3. Seize those words! Once you’ve tracked that creativity down, don’t let it lose you in traffic. Jot down anything that will remind you of how wonderful you felt the moment your inspiration came flooding back. I don’t care if it’s a shoddy email or three sentences on a fast food napkin. Seize those words like the savvy stalker you’ve become.
Jennifer Starks has been writing since the tender, but still wise beyond her years, age of eight. She gets giddy at the thought of visiting a bookstore, loves that good ole Library smell, is most at home on the couch reading or at her desk writing. She adores her children (though they make it entirely difficult to keep any kind of writing schedule) and is humbled beyond belief to have a mother who fostered her love of the arts and a husband who supports the lifestyle even when it means listening to her type at 5 AM. Messy Death will be Jennifer’s debut novel. Updates on its progress can be found at www.jenniferstarks.wordpress.com
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