As writers, we come across a lot of difficulties and setbacks. Writing isn’t just like any physical or even mental task. The process itself is quite complicated, because we need more than just willpower in order to get stuff done. The first and most important component when it comes to writing is creativity.
Each and every writer has a certain degree of creative personality. The creativity is fueled by inspiration, and unfortunately, inspiration doesn’t come up easily. Sometimes, all we want is to finish that essay, project, or book, but we just can’t. It just doesn’t work, and that’s because something is missing.
In today’s article, we’ll take a closer look at how inspiration works, and how you can use different tactics in order to boost your creative moods. We’ll also demystify a common myth and set you on the right path. Let’s begin.
Many writers adopt a false belief right from the beginning of their writing career. This commonly adopted belief sounds like this: Inspiration is something that comes to you, and you have no control over it. Ring a bell?
Unfortunately, this strong belief is only limiting writers. It does so because according to this mindset, your writing is conditioned and dependent on those rare moments of inspiration. They may show up today, disappear tomorrow, come back after few days, and disappear again.
The problem comes when you want to write something and you can’t get it done. It comes when your deadlines are coming closer, and you can’t do anything about it because you “don’t feel inspired”. So considering that your belief is that you can’t write without inspiration, you are prone to failure.
Finding the creative mood that works for you won’t be easy. But before touching this subject, we need to talk about your mindset. If you ever want to change something – it doesn’t matter what it is, you must change your beliefs first. In this case, you really need to understand that you truly have the power to influence your inspiration and creativity.
Believing that you are dependent on a source of inspiration that comes and goes is wrong. Besides the fact that it isn’t even true, it also sabotages your productivity and writing capabilities.
I used to think like that, and at some critical point in my life, I came to realize that I was lying to myself in order to avoid certain tasks. After a while, I began testing different ways of getting closer to my creative moods. As I adopted new beliefs and tried a lot of strategies, I came to the conclusion that there actually is a creative atmosphere that we as writers can create in order to overcome our “inspiration issues”.
Few months ago, I was in the process of writing a short story for a dear client of mine. The deadline was close, and I just couldn’t get it done. I woke up earlier three mornings in a row and tried to motivate myself to write. I found it very struggling, because at that moment I was actually waiting for my inspiration to show up. Without it, I “knew” I couldn’t do it.
After three days of continuous despair, I decided to do something about it. I took the responsibility and tried a different approach. Instead of trying to write at home, where I usually do it, I’ve created a list of places that I could use in order to complete my task. The options were: my friend’s house, the café around the corner, a quiet park, and the forest.
I took them one by one. My friend’s place was too loud and full of distractions. The café was nice, but I could still feel distracted by other people and by all the movement around me. In the end, after trying these places, I found my creative mood by sitting next to a tree in the forest. I know it may sound weird, but I felt extremely relaxed and ready to begin writing.
I realized that my creative energy and mood is easily stimulated by the sound of the nature. The atmosphere was extremely peaceful, and my mind wasn’t distracted by anything at all. It didn’t take long until I wrote my short story. It was actually easier to write it while being in that relaxing environment rather than sitting in my old chair at home.
If you can’t find the right words, that’s fine. It happens. There’s no successful writer that hasn’t come across numerous writing blocks and inspiration issues. That didn’t stop them. They found the way out, figured out what’s working for them, and moved on. It’s truly crucial not to give up trying. Keep hustling until you succeed.
Every writer is different. Some of us can do our jobs while being surrounded by people and noise while others can’t stand it. Think about your past experiences. Were there any places where you felt inspired? Create a list of locations where you could possibly find your inspiration, and begin experimenting.
It’s not enough to make the list. You now have to try to reach all of them, one by one. Trust me, it will be easy to figure out what places are the right ones for you. After several tries, you should be able to differentiate a creative atmosphere from a disempowering one.
The first step towards finding your creative writing moods is realizing that inspiration isn’t a magical process. It’s more about finding the right mood and the proper environment. When you feel good, you will also feel inspired and ready to tackle your tasks.
Create that list of places, decide the order, and begin testing each and every one of them. After you experience different environments, select the ones that brought you the most advantages, and keep visiting them whenever you feel like your inspiration has forgotten about you.
About the Author
Jessica Freeman is a professional journalist and a freelance content writer at the company Australian Writings. She enjoys writing on the topics of education, success and career developments. You can follow her on Facebook and Google+.