Would it work the same way?
If we exercised creativity like a muscle?
I haven’t been all that prolific lately. The absence of posts all week is a clear sign.
In fact, writers block struck approximately 7 days ago. Since then, all I’ve been able to string together is sentences in my mind, scattered and random at best. Not at all stimulating, neither for me nor you, I’m certain. The problem with the inability to write is that it can very quickly spiral into a chronic condition. Truly. The longer you allow it to fester, the tougher an obstacle it becomes to overcome.
A MOLEHILL TURNS INTO A MOUNTAIN
(note to self: be thankful you live in Houston wherein it stays warm for much longer so you can get away with an OTS top in October, disclosure: these photos were taken in July)
When it comes to writing, the most challenging aspect for me is staying creative.
As in, staying inspired amidst the distractions of full time employment and life in general. Considerations which never once surfaced when I began this blog. Then, my mind was brimming with ideas. So many ideas. Things were fresh and exciting. I was a child let loose in a carnival with pockets full of tokens.
Over time, I’ve come to realise that, as though it were a muscle, creativity needs to be exercised (regularly) for it to be developed, and that continuous work was needed to maintain that “muscle tone“.
And also that for the workout to be effective, consistency and variety were key. I couldn’t expect results to merely gush forth without effort. No, there would inevitably be times when conscious efforts had to be made in order for things to happen. Like anything else worth attaining.
When I started to view writing as being similar to, well, exercising, that’s when it all began to make sense. And how the dry spell I experienced was a direct parallel to how my knee was when I was still recovering from surgery. Slow and arduous, but yielding results, albeit (agonisingly) slowly. Never painless but certainly very much worth every movement, and each bead of sweat.
Leave it to me to draw parallels between my two biggest loves – writing and working out.
Once that conclusion was drawn, it was as though a fog had lifted. I knew what I needed to do to get back into the game and the first move I made was to write this piece to share with you.
Some of my peers turn to the glossies and industry news. Some surround themselves with like-minded souls and exchange thoughts. I know of yet others who engage in social escapades with friends who aren’t in the same field, for a “breath of fresh air“. But being the introvert that I am, I find solace in a good read. Music is another uplifter as certain songs make me feel as though I could scale the highest mountain (which is essentially how I feel when I’m completely uninspired but need to or have to or want to, write).
Another excellent trigger for me is to browse through Pinterest. The level of talent so evident in some of those boards is stupendous. Often, an image or quote can trigger a blog post, and for many of us stuck in a rut, that’s all the nudge we need. When all else fails, I wash my hair (it works, really), or head to the gym to exercise other parts of me.
What about you? How do you climb out of a creative rut?
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