Five Steps to Pump Up Your Creativity
By Cindy Sproles
It happens. Sometimes the words dry up. You have ideas. Sentences
hit the page—but they say nothing. The words don’t flow as they should. Creativity
draws from your physical and emotional energy. It seems contradictory to say that
writers become revitalized by their creativity, but this is true. As much as we
have that fantastic adrenaline rush when a story comes together, we are equally
worn down and tired when the scene is completed. It’s safe to compare us to a
hamster on an exercise wheel. It never stops.
Because creativity is energy-draining, it’s vital to replenish oneself from time to time. Writers rarely see the drain happening until it’s too late. We love what we do, and this love of the craft sometimes blinds us to what our bodies say. When you least expect it, you realize you’re spent.
Follow these five steps to help revitalize your writing attitude.
The world throws an abundance of activity at us. It’s essential adequate rest is included in your daily schedule, be it an early bedtime, a quiet time mid-day, or specific alone time. Turn off electronics. Your body demands rest, and without it, creativity wanes.
Schedule your day. Good time management will help you stay energized and on track.
Studying and reading allow you to unwind and hone your skills. Call this the “kill two birds with one stone” effect. Your body is still resting, but your mind is absorbing in this restful state.
Avoid over-committing. Saying no as a monthly contributor, especially when we see the benefits for our writing career, is hard. We want and need our names out there to help sell our work, but over-committing to these things will quickly suck away valuable time and energy. I loved the attitude of one writer when we asked if she would be willing to serve as our ministry radio host. “Yes, I’ll commit to this for one year.” She set a boundary for herself and us. Over-commitment robs you of the creativity you need to produce your work.
Recognize the Need to Exercise
Walk, jog, lift weights—and move around. It’s easy for writers to find the only exercise they get is walking to the bathroom. Make time in your writing day to move. Movement stirs your body to produce energy. Remember, creativity feeds from your energy.
When you find yourself at a pivotal time and words just won’t come … reevaluate. Pump up your creativity by making valuable changes in your daily work habits. The more you care for your personal and emotional needs, the better your life flows in every aspect.
Cindy K. Sproles is proud of her Appalachian Mountain heritage and loves to share it with others. She is an author, speaker, and conference teacher, teaching across the country. Cindy is the co-founder of Christian Devotions Ministries, and she has served as a managing editor for two publishing houses. Cindy is the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference, held each February at the Cove, Asheville, NC. She is married and has four adult sons and two grands.