How To Stay Inspired by Brenda Berg
Every writer hits that place, where it's not quite writer's block but you're stumped as to where to go next. When that happens, don't panic. There are ways out of the slump you've found yourself in, and it's not hard to get back out. Try these tips when you're feeling creatively drained and need some help. Scout the news There's always something interesting happening in the news. Read newspapers, watch the news on TV, pay attention to online news sites. You'll find human interest stories that will give you plenty of ideas to get started. Change up your routine Are you always doing the same thing, every day? Change it up. Go out for a coffee when you normally stay in. Walk the dog late at night. Get up early and see the sunrise. Whatever you normally do, switch it up for a day or so. Changing up small habits can lead to a change in thinking, which can do your creativity a lot of good. Learn something new In order to write authentically, one must always be learning. That doesn't mean you have to re-enroll at college, but make sure you're open to new experiences. If you do want to do a course, Academized offers plenty that will catch your eye. You're sure to get plenty of ideas this way. Eavesdrop in public There's nothing more fascinating than a stranger's conversation. When you're out and about, ditch the headphones and listen to what other people are saying. Often, even just fragments of conversations are enough to spark off new ideas in you. Look for a method that works for you No one writes in the same way. You need to find what works for you. Do you like to gather all the information before you start, or do you just fly by the seat of your pants? How about editing? Do you go it alone or do you find help? Writer Gary Baker says, 'I like to use online tools to help me edit my manuscripts. The Australian Help grammar guide, for instance, is great when grappling with a certain grammatical rule in my writing.' Get away from the keyboard Are you sitting at the computer, willing inspiration to come? Give yourself a break and get away. Go for a walk and allow yourself to think of something else. The combination of exercise and the break will help the creative juices flow again. Find your inspiring place to write Everyone has their favourite space to write. For some, it's the corner of the living room, with the cat curled up at your feet. For others, it's the local coffee shop with a brew in hand. Linda Forge, a custom essay writer, says 'I like to write outside whenever I can. Sitting in my garden and writing in the fresh air does me the world of good.' Find where your best writing spot is, and use it. Keep a writing journal Every day, sit down and write two pages in a journal. Once you start, don't allow yourself to stop. Write about whatever comes into your head, no matter how mundane or odd it feels. This is called free writing. You'll think you have nothing to say, but you'll be astounded at what comes out when you start writing. Use either a Word document or a real notebook, whichever works best for you. Give all these tips a try if you've run out of creative steam. Before long, you'll be back to your old self, and have plenty of ideas for new manuscripts.

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