Creative Outlets

I've kind of gotten stuck in the middle of a new WIP--a YA spy/mega love story that I'm LOVING writing. But I'm at a point where, even though I've plotted, I'm still not sure where to take the story next. I guess I'm in a slump!

Last night our community orchestra started up again after taking the summer off. And it was like someone plugged me into a charger--I felt renewed, invigorated, and completely motivated! I'm not sure if it was because I finally got a night away from my kids, lol. I'm sure that was part of it. But I think it was working my brain in a creative way. A different creative way.



I think there's something to be said for using our brains differently that can help contribute to our writing. I've heard exercise is another great way to get the creative writing juices flowing, that one author will go for a run before she begins to write a single word.



Others I've heard do some sort of meditation. I know for me, I ALWAYS have to have music playing when I write--words or no words, doesn't matter to me. I mostly pick music that fits the mood of the scene I'm writing. While writing my YA horror that I'm currently querying, I listened to a lot of *darker* music; or when I'm writing a shmoozy or a kissy scene, I put on some love songs that fit whatever mood I'm trying to create.

What about you, do you have a creative outlet to help with your writing? Maybe you're also an artist, or you like to do some yoga. Maybe for some it's dancing or singing. Whatever it is, do you find it helps with your writing?

9 comments

Ru said...

I hate that slump feeling, I'm so glad you found your way out of it! I usually just try to take a break, watch movies or play with my dog, until I can think of a solution. That, or I bounce ideas off other people until one seems like it will stick. Good luck! :)

Ryan Dalton said...

I definitely have other creative outlets. I think a well-balanced writer has to do more than just sit and write all the time. Having other experiences refills the writing tank!

Morgan said...

I find it fascinating that most of the writers I meet have either a music/dance/art/musical theatre background! It's like writing taps into that same part of our brain that needs a creative release! For me, it's always been about dance... but music too... they both inspire me... ;)

So glad that you felt it and are rejuvenated! I'm sooooo stoked about your new project, Cort!

Emily R. King said...

I like to exercise. It clears my mind and helps me focus when I return to the keyboard. Music distracts me, so I rarely use it as inspiration. Yeah, I know I'm weird. :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

When you're in a slump, fear not, you'll start writing again. Like Emily, music distracts me too. I write at my best in silence.

Kelley Lynn said...

Listening to music helps me. Songwriters are SO amazing with words. I also do enjoy exercising... Or sometimes its as simple as time. It will come. ;)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Music is amazing. I can get whole stories by the feeling a song gives me.

Jessica L. Foster said...

Being in a writer's slump is difficult. I usually read a book or walk my dog to get out of it.

Julia King said...

I listen to music while I write--like I have ear buds stuffed in my ears...to block out all distractions. This is my way to get into the groove of writing. I'm glad you got your groove back, girl! Woot!

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