Stop Laboring and Start Having Fun
by Dr. Helen Tucker
The word “labor” conjures up an image of work that demands great effort. Do you feel that your writing has begun to feel like this and that your muse has deserted you? If so, then perhaps the following suggestions will help:
* Instead of sitting at your desk waiting for the words to magically appear, spend a whole day doing something completely different. It is easy to get into a rut and sometimes a change in routine is all that is needed.
* Forbid yourself to write for a few days. See a friend, do some strenuous exercise or just relax and spoil yourself.
* Wander through your favorite town and make a note of interesting people you meet, old inscriptions you read, and funny situations you encounter.
* Go for a walk and listen to the birds. Try to imagine what they are saying and build a story in your mind.
* Have coffee somewhere new and build stories about the people around you.
* Lie down on the grass, watch the clouds go by and let your mind wander.
* Rewrite the ending to your favorite book.
* Wherever you go, take a pen and paper and write down funny/interesting quotations you see. Try to include them in a poem or short story when you are stuck for ideas.
* Join a writer’s group.
The list could go on forever. Make a list of five things that would inspire you the next time you find yourself laboring over your writing and don’t forget that a regular change of routine or scenery may be all that you need to inspire you.
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