Try writing, in one form or another, every day this week. Even if it’s just for five or ten minutes at a time. I’m not talking about sitting down and writing a novel. Although, if that’s something you want to do, then absolutely make time to do that.
While you’re at a restaurant, waiting on your food, write a little story about something you see around you. Make up a story about a person or group that is sitting near you. Where are they from? Why are they there? Are they undercover spies who are trying to blend in? Did one of them just get a new job or a promotion and they are there celebrating? Let your imagination take over.
If you take the subway or a bus home, use that time to write about your day. That way when you get home you can leave your day behind you, relax, and enjoy your evening. If you do this daily you will start to see a big difference in your stress levels. You’ll also see a big difference in how your relationship is with the people you live with. If you constantly bring your work day home with you, you also bring that stress home with you. Leaving it at work, or getting it out on the way home, you allow your evening to be filled with things that you would like to be doing, rather than being filled with re-hashing the day.
Can’t think of anything to write? Is your mind running in circles? Are you trying to gain clarity on something?
TRY THIS: Sit down and write every thing that comes to your mind for at least 5 minutes. Or more. This allows your brain to basically disconnect. This is also a great form of meditation.
(Check this post out for more ideas on meditation.)
Even if the words you write are: Moving over the small ball wall tall mall all saw a bug in the light of life, etc, etc, Keep writing for at least 5 minutes. It may not make any sense at all, but somewhere in there will be a seed of an idea, or at the very least you’ve cleared that out and made room for a solution to shine through.
I often do this and end up writing several pages worth of stuff.
Everyone has a story to tell. If you think you don’t, just start writing. Start with “Once Upon a Time” or begin writing little random facts about yourself. Pretty soon a story line will start to emerge and you’ll see your story develop.
This doesn’t even have to be something that you show to other people. It could be something you write and then throw away. Or something you write and keep in a notebook.
My chocolate chip cookie actually smells like chocolate chip cookies. Yum!!
Keep a notebook, a journal, or a pad of paper with you this week and write out little inspirations. You could even put your ideas into a memo in your phone and then transfer them over to a journal when you get home. This is what I do. Sometimes you have to be creative about how to hold your phone up while your writing. Haha!
I have found that if I try to remember these inspirations, if I try to keep them in my head, they tend to disappear. If I write them down as they come, they just keep coming.
The more you open yourself up to creative inspiration, the more it reveals itself to you.
What will you write this week?
This is one of the more interesting journals I’ve had, and one of my favorites as far as creativity goes. It’s made out of elephant poop. Yep, you read that right, elephant poop. Mr. Ellie Pooh’s Handmade Recycled Paper-Elephant Conservation through Innovation. www.mrelliepooh.com if you’re interested.
Comment below and tell us how your week of writing went. Did you discover a new talent that you didn’t know you had? Were you able to solve a problem that you couldn’t before? Did you come up with a funny story?