Ever have days when no matter what you do, you just can’t get going? The harder you try, the more frustrated you get, and still nothing. There are dirty dishes in the sink, the laundry hamper is over-flowing, and to top it all off, you’re worrying about making your paycheck stretch ’till the next payday. Recently you lost a loved one to a horrible disease, and one of your siblings is going through a nasty divorce. Life can be so distracting at times, and all you want to do is write to take your mind off them even if it lasted for only a few minutes, you desperately need that reprieve.
How can you do this when the muse refuses to cooperate?
1. Take a deep breath. Sit back in your chair, close your eyes and let yourself be immersed in the sounds around you.
2. Next, acknowledge all the things that are bothering/distracting you, and the reasons behind them.
3. Then write them down in a notebook, or type it on your electronic gadget.
From personal experience, many times these were all that was needed to jump-start my muse; but, not always.
What can you do then?
4. Put on some music. For me, non-lyrical types work best especially ones from soundtracks for movies. The “film scores” station on Pandora is a great place to start (and it’s free!). Tunein (internet radio) is another great (also free) place to check out.
5. Move. You’ve probably seen this particular one on many writing sites as a possible solution to “writer’s block” and I for one can definitely say that it does work (most of the time). Go outside and take a walk. Try some gardening, or mow the grass. Wash those dishes, or start a load of laundry. For many, taking a long shower or bath does wonders for them. Busying your body with an activity other than writing tends to free the muse/mind to wander to wherever it desires to go; many a writer have had an epiphany this way.
If all else fail, pick up a book and lose yourself in it.