Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fueling the Creative Fire

by Edie Melson

Tips for Fueling the Creative Fire.

We all need to stoke creative fire from time to time. This is my short list of how I recharge and renew.
  • Schedule a movie night—I love to see the way others present stories.
  • Get away with my camera—Focusing on a new point of view through the lens of a camera gives me a new perspective.
  • Brainstorm with writing buddies—I have an amazing network of writing friends. When we get together and just let our imaginations soar the stories get more interesting.
Getting away is a good choice.
  • Take a walk—Even though I never really want to go for that walk, the exercise brings energy to whatever I’m working on.
  • Visit a museum—I’ve always loved museums, all types, from art to history. To me, they are a time machine to another time and place.
  • Try something out of the box—If my current project is long, like a book, I begin something short, like flash fiction or even a poem. I’ve even been known to make up a new persona and write something in a different voice.
  • Exercise another creative muscle—For me that’s knitting, jewelry making or even crafting.
  • Take the day off—Sometimes getting away is the best the best choice of all.

These are my best tips on how to fuel the creative fire when it begins to burn low. I’d love to know what you do.

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  1. All great ideas! I especially enjoy taking a walk (with my camera). Photography often inspires me to write. And sometimes taking a day off is necessary.

    1. Joan, definitely combining several is good. Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

  2. I like to go for a long drive (by myself - no kids!) and listen to some good music. Love reading your blog, Edie!

    1. Sheri, absolutely! I forgot that one - it's a great addition. Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings, E

  3. Being an editor, sometimes just changing gears from writing to editing someone else's stuff can help me to refocus when I return to my own writing.
    And even though I hate to admit it, a thirty minute exercise interval, doing one of my exercise DVDs can really help, too.

    1. Paula, switching gears is key for me too! Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E