This has happened to me, and through the past few years, I've developed a few strategies to help me break through the dry spell, and I'd love to share them with you.
1. When I find writing difficult, I often try creating something else. I crochet and I cross-stitch. Working to create something other than fiction frees up that part of my brain to work on my story subconsciously, to roll ideas around while my hands are busy with something else.
Here's the project I'm currently working on:
|Here's how far I've gotten on the cowboy sampler.|
|What the finished sampler will look like.|
2. Take a walk and enjoy some nice scenery. Especially in the fall when the wind is a little crisp and the colors are so amazing. Let your mind soak in a different vista than the blinking cursor on the blank page.
|Some of the trees on our property.|
3. Take your laptop or notebook and pencil and find another place to write. Sometimes a change of workplace can jump-start those creative thoughts. For me, this usually means a trip to the coffee shop or library.
|Me at Dunn Brothers Coffee shop, my office away from home.|
4. Talk to someone who refreshes you. Find someone who recharges you, who makes you laugh and makes you think and makes you feel better. Face to face conversation is the best, but Skype, phone, or even email will work in a pinch. I have a handful of people I can turn to that always give me a boost.
|My beautiful daughter, Heather, who is always up for a mother-|
5. Watch a movie or read a book that you love, something that evokes a lot of emotion in you, that makes you feel. Creativity flows out of your feelings, your emotions, because you're trying to evoke emotion in the one who reads your work or views your art. I have a few go-to movies and books I like to read when I need recharged.
|John Wayne movies, Dick Francis and Grace Livingston Hill books,|
Elizabeth Peters and Essie Summers novels...those recharge me.
So, how do you recharge your batteries? A bubble-bath? A weekend away? A chocolate bar?