A Change of Scenery
On those days when the delete button seems to be the most prominent key I hit during my writing, I know it’s time for a change of scenery. I have learned, the hard way, not to beat myself up about the lack of words on a page and try to be proactive by tapping into other creative activities to stimulate my mind.
Sometimes, I’ll play my piano and other times I will take my camera out and about. I am not the best photographer in the world, I just click and see what happens, but the images bring about a sense of satisfaction and create opportunities for reflection: and quite often provokes new writing ideas.
My favourite place to visit is Bad Münstereifel; a pretty, historic town near where I live. Just sauntering through the streets and capturing its beauty, which changes with the seasons, seems to relax my mind. I particularly like this place as it reminds me of home, with its traditional English red telephone and post box. The main point for me is to use other creative outlets in order to stimulate my writing head and diminish the use of that dreaded delete key. Just because our writing has stalled, it doesn’t mean that our creativity is null and void.
Upon my return from my last 'creative awareness' outing (last week), I sat down and began to flick through my latest copy of Writer's Forum and guess what? I found a published letter from me! I was thrilled to bits. Perseverance and being proactive, does pay off (when you least expect it).
I would be interested to hear how you tackle those ‘dark days’ and whether or not you also tap into other creative areas when the writing has temporarily gone astray.