I hate to tell you this, but the weekend is over. You may have stayed up all night, still excited from the “Breaking Bad” finale, but Monday is here and for most of our writers that means back to assignment claiming they go. But don’t let a usual start of the week routine slow down your creative juices. We found some great tips in Real Simple’s “How To Be Creative” article. So, if you’re looking for a Monday pick me up and needing to find some inspiration for the week, try these exercises to get you going:
Position Can Make a Difference
It is very easy for a writer to feel trapped at their desk. If you always write in a particular spot in your apartment or house, try moving the to the bed or floor. Changing the point of view from where you write can generate momentum. Give your back a break from its usual upright position and lay out on the grass at a nearby park. Switching up your surrounding or body position is key to coming up with fresh ideas.
Day-Night Switch Up
Do you like to get your morning yoga in and then dive into a pile of assignments? Try writing before exercise in order to enjoy yoga time without the gloomy feeling that you have to rush home and submit a rewrite. Let the gym be a reward after a morning of writing. On the flip side if you are a night owl, try writing earlier in the day and leave your nights open for more leisure time. We often get tied up in our routine so shake things up a bit (even for a day to two out of the week).
Find Your Inner Circle
Bouncing ideas off of other writers could be what you need to make sure that next pitch or subtitle is just right. Look outside of your fellow Demand Studio writers and see what your friends may be working on. Having a diverse group of colleagues to work with when you need inspiration can always get the ideas flowing. Even if an idea isn’t quite right, it could be what you need to start writing- or hopefully at least start typing something on a page.
Come Back To It Later
If all else fails, there’s always Tuesday!
By D. Audrey Cash