Are your writing thoughts caught up in a winter vortex?
Is the cold weather sending your mind into hibernation mode?
Yes, below-freezing temperatures can chill your ability to churn out ideas, words, and paragraphs. It’s hard finding a fresh writing angle when you want to curl up in a warm spot and hibernate, (regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil predicts).
It would be nice, but you can’t wait until spring to get your mind moving. You need some cold weather tactics to get you moving again. They work; you just have to be a little sneaky. Sometimes your mind plays tricks on you. It may be time to return the favor.
Question everything – Take Notes
Sometimes awakening your creativity is as simple as looking at objects or situations in a new way. Stuck inside? No problem, you usually don’t have to go far. What if snow only fell sideways instead of falling down?
This could lead to a story opening with a character that had passed out. Not realizing he was lying on his back could make him wonder why the snow was falling sideways. It could lead another writer to write a story about a world with strange gravity.
What if your computer refused to cooperate in writing your story? Suppose your microwave suddenly started transporting objects across town, or sending them back in time?
Consider other creative folks – Upcycle
I’ll admit it. I can be found on other blogs and even Pinterest when I really should be writing. What do I look at most? I frequent do-it-yourself blogs and sites that discuss upcycling. I like seeing people coming up with ingenious ways of looking at objects and breathing new life into them. I also enjoy reading about folks who can deconstruct a costly item and figure out how to make it for less. That gets my creative juices flowing.
Find the reason for the freezing – What gives?
It can help to analyze the reason you’re using for not writing. Here are a few.
You’ve finished a manuscript. You were triumphant. It’s easy to stand in the spotlight and not want to start something new. It’s more difficult to post it online, show it to your client, or send it off to the publisher. But that’s what writers do. Feel the fear and do it anyway. It comes with the title “writer”.
You’re stuck in the middle. In this case, starting was easy. You had the beginning worked out before your fingers hit the keys and you had an ending in mind too. But there are days when getting the middle written is like coaxing a king cobra into a flat-rate shipping box.
Taking a walk and getting a change of scenery has worked for me. Reading a chapter in a fiction book or reading up on the craft of writing can set you on the right track again. Working on a new idea or doing some research is beneficial. But don’t give up on the project without its middle. Bagels and donuts don’t necessarily need middles, but stories, articles and marketing copy do.
Life gets in the way. It’s okay. It happens to the best writers. Circumstances, such as unexpected sickness, can be dramatic. In those times, you’re in survival mode and it feels like you aren’t doing the writing you should be. But those times can end up being the inspiration for great writing. Take a break if you need to. But listen to the promptings of your heart to know when to start again.
These blazing-hot recommendations will work on brain freeze. Ask yourself some creative “what if” questions and consider objects or situations in a new light. Tap into the ideas of other creative folks. Ask yourself the hard questions about why you’re frozen in your tracks and take a step toward resolving the difficulty. Soon, your keyboard and your creativity will warm up even with spring several weeks away (maybe it will settle in early).
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