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Wednesday, November 9, 2011


     As writers we are constantly creating. Whether we are writing, planning our day or daydreaming, we’re constantly creating. I just want to share a couple of ideas with you to keep or get those creative juices flowing.

1.    We spend a lot of time doing what we really don’t want to be doing. Before doing the usual laundry, errands, cooking etc., if you don’t already, try putting your writing first. Put it at the beginning of your list of things to do. When you are inspired to do something, you love every minute of it. It will make the other things you have to do for the day easier.

2.    When you feel stuck in the moment, or in your thoughts, take a breath, breathe deeply, then come back to this moment. Just breathe! It may sound simple, but most of us don’t take the much needed long, relaxing breaths. Our days are busy, often frenzied. Make that effort to take 10 deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth. Relax your body and your mind. You will feel re-energized! 

3.    If you find yourself getting frustrated, locked in your thoughts, unable to move forward in your writing process, write a letter to yourself. Tell yourself what you are feeling, it may help you to understand why you are stuck and alleviate the frustration. At least, with even writing a letter to yourself, you are still writing. You are still creating.

     Remember, there is no desire in the future, no action in the past, but there is desire, action and promise with today!

     Hope you are having a Creative Day!


Susan Barclay said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Maeve. Very helpful and timely!


Abby Fowers said...

Wonderful ideas Maeve! I especially love #2. I need that so often.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

What great advice. I especially like number 1. I tend to try and get all the life stuff out of the way first, but then I get frustrated when these things eat up too much time.

Patricia T. said...

Great suggestions. I do the laundry and other house work when I get stuck. Today hasn't been a productive writing day yet -- for some reason I come alive after 10 p.m., when I'm most creative. Then I have to slip into bed and hope my husband doesn't know what time it is!:)

Joanna said...

I like #3, Maeve, with the importance of telling oneself honestly how you feel and even writing oneself a letter. I'm going to try this.

Cassam said...

Great suggestions. I do the housework and laundry on automatic piolet with a hundred different things going on in my head at the same time,it releaves the boredom of the housework.

Maeve Frazier said...

@ Susan
@ Abby
@ Cynthia
@ Joanna
@ Anne (Cassam)

Thanks everyone for stopping by. Hope you had a great week and are off to having a great weekend! - Maeve

Anonymous said...

These are wonderful suggestions. On a daily basis I'd like to put my writing first.

Dawn Simon said...

Nice suggestions. I definitely try to structure my days in such a way that I can maximize my writing time.

Lynda R Young said...

Great tips. I love best the tip about putting our writing first. So often I place it down the list.