Refilling the well…
For us creative folks refilling the well is vital. Every idea we come up with takes from our creative well, and like with anything in life—you can only take from it for so long before it dries up.
When it does dry up, we refer to it as writer’s block or burnout. When your creative well completely dries up, it can leave you feeling stressed, anxious, and exhausted.
So what to do to avoid this… You refill your well. (You will hear that term a few times before this blog ends.)
- Get inspired, of course. I love this one. What is it that inspires you? Really think about it.
Some people get confused and think if they watch a lot of Netflix or devour tons of books, that will refill their well. That’s not always the case. You have to feed your brain the kind of content that you want to produce. So learning more about your genre and the field you work in is super important.
- Read. As I’ve mentioned above, you should read in your genre. Re-reading is also great, especially those favorites of yours. The second time you will be very surprised by what you notice. I often read while writing my own books; it helps inspire my storyline, and also I’m aware of the flow, character development and take notes at what percentages big things happen in the book. This is a great way to learn to plot, and you will soon see a pattern that you can also follow. (Plotting a book is something I will discuss in future posts.)
- Podcasts and courses for me are such a fantastic way to refill my well. (I said it again!) I have several podcasters that I listen to, and the topics vary from organization, being productive, cleaning tips, writing tips, and of course about the actual business side of writing—which is nearly as big as writing.
- Follow your favorite authors or creatives on social media. Find like-minded positive people. I can’t stress the positive part enough, but that’s another blog post for another day. Get involved with the community, talk, chat, and laugh a little. It’s not just good for refilling the well, but also it’s good for the soul.
- Movies and TV. These are both as valuable as reading IMO. Some movies go global, and even when we watch them and think what-the-hell, if it fits into your genre, watch it again, start a discussion in your group or on social media. Ask who liked it and why? Sometimes the answer will surprise you and will spark a new idea for a book. Remember, we are always one step away from writing a best-seller. The key is never to give up.
- Do the things you love. The things you loved before writing took over. Catch up with friends, go to the movies, take long walks. (This is one of my favorites, and it sparks lots of ideas.)
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The next topic I want to discuss is blue screens.
Thanks for reading.
I’m also a little obsessed with fun facts, so here is one for today:
FUN FACT: Rabbits can’t puke.