If I may be honest here for a moment, creative people have complicated minds. There’s a lot going on inside our heads! It's been my experience, when I’m not allowing my creativity to flow, my brain can be downright messy.
I recently completed another round of revisions on my MS and have passed it onto a couple of readers. (If you read Mystery, think Cozy w/ lots of humor & a bit of romance, and want to beta read, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
But, in the meantime...
When I’m between writing projects, it’s best if I redirect my creativity down other avenues. Otherwise, I get clogged. Anxiety and frustration build, and before you know it, I’m a moody butt nobody wants to be around. I want to believe many creative folk suffer from this, and I’m not the only one. But maybe I’m just trying to make myself feel normal.
If you’re anything like me, you may need to step back from the computer for a spell. Here a few things I like to do to keep my inspiration and creativity flowing between writing projects.
Yoga – sequencing classes for my students. Putting together postures that flow and compliment one another. My yoga mat is my blank page, my palette. Every class sequence is different, producing different results. Like art.
Art –specifically painting. Colors stimulate the senses and keep the right brain cranking. You don’t have to be a professional artist to create art. Let the color and canvas tell you what it wants to be.
Here’s a great article sent to me by a writer friend about why it’s important to keep your creativity churning. 3 Simple Ways to Be More Creative (And Why It's Important).
So, what do you do to keep yourself in the zone when you’re not writing?
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