Inspiration comes from the strangest of places, but sometimes, no matter how inspired the initial idea, the flow of creativity needed to see it through gets stuck.
Yesterday I was working on a scene from a novel I’m writing and I’d gotten to that place where inspiration wasn’t flowing. The scene felt forced and I’d lost touch with my main character. I tried several things including making another cup of tea, leaning back and staring at my computer (while eating chocolate) and going back to my notes. Suddenly, there was my dog, Henry, sitting and staring at me with his puppy dog eyes, and I knew it was time for a walk. For someone who barks at shadows, it’s surprising how intuitive he can be. During that quiet walk, my character started talking to me again and by the time we got home, I’d written the rest of the scene. All I had to do was type it into the computer.
It is said that Gertrude Stein wrote poetry while sitting in her car. For me, I find the combination of quiet isolation and movement gets my creative juices flowing again. Walking my dog not only improves my mood, and my writer’s butt, it frees my imagination. And two of the most successful (writing-wise) ideas I’ve had, came to me while driving. Considering my driving record, that is a bit scary. Non-the less, it’s true.
Yet, despite this clear correlation between movement and creativity, rather than take action, more often I stubbornly sit there and try to force my way through. Ah well…as they say, it’s tough to teach an old dog new tricks!
My question to you is, how you get unstuck? While you’re thinking about, click on the link below to check out a video of John Cleese talking about creativity. It’s brilliant!