Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Very Thought Provoking

Ever have writer's block? If you're an author between the ages of 1-200, then the answer to that question is most likely a resounding "yes." Ever wonder what you could do to get those creative juices flowing again?

I came across an article by Gretchen Rubin on Yahoo Shine about how to provoke the thought process to help produce ideas, solutions, and strategies. While it wasn't written with the author in mind, I still believe that we can apply her principles to guide us through those times when the muse takes a hike for the hills.

Go For A Walk--Nietzsche wrote, "All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking." Studies have shown walking increases alertness, focus, and energy.

Do A Headstand--Yoga buffs believe that ideas are stimulated by increased blood flow to the brain. (I'd recommend not doing this while sitting at your computer! HA HA)

Think About Your Problem Just Before Going to Sleep--Your mind keeps working while you dream and can often produce the solution you're looking for.

Try Touch--Touch or be touched--pet an animal, cuddle your kids, or get a massage. It helps you relax and can get your creative juices flowing.

Public Transportation--Looking out the window of a bus or train with the changing views and constant motion can stimulate your mindpower.

Shower--A long shower works for many people.

Talk It Out--Some people benefit from talking to others. Great ideas often come out of conversations.

I'd love to hear your tips for breaking through writer's block, and if any of these work for you!


  1. Those are really good tips, Debbie, and I love reading your blogs. I don't know how you find time for writing all of these with everything else you have to do. You are one busy girl. Thanks for all the help you give us in your blogs...and keep safe in all that snow!!

  2. I get writer's block all the time, but it's not the traditional means. Nope, I have too many drags on my time, and when I want to write, I can't. When I have that next big idea, I find I have to jot it in a notebook. When I actually get time to write (yeah right), then I can't either find my notebook, or find the ideas in my head because my mind is going every other direction.

    But I try....