Getting Writing Inspiration, Sticking to the Writing Task, Writer's Health

Cultivating a Creative Space

No one could have fully comprehended the impact of a pandemic. I know I didn’t.

The national crisis affected my thinking. It slowed down my creativity and blocked my words from flowing onto the page. I had to work harder and smarter in order to write much of anything. When depression or heavy anxiety settled in, it was a chore just to open my laptop. Now, like many of you, I face a new season of change: online school. And I realize the challenge in remaining motivated and focused on my projects while stuck in the same house of Zoom meetings and digital homework.

How do you switch gears, from work to hobbies, when you can’t leave home?

1) Use a routine to shift your mindset. Establish a ritual to help you transition into a creative space. Leave your desk and return with a steaming cup of tea. Close your laptop and meditate before opening it back up. Play your story’s playlist (if you haven’t made one, learn how to) and get into your characters’ heads. Take a walk, stretch, pray, breathe fresh air–this practice can take any form.

2) You have to set aside this time. Few people have a free half hour lying around. Don’t expect any sort of creativity, aside from that which strikes you unexpectedly, to work itself into your schedule. You’ll have to make that time.

3) This isn’t a test of productivity. Don’t compare your progress to someone else’s. The purpose of a creative space is quite simple… to create. Not to measure any sort of success. It’s a release, of sorts, a therapy. Let it remain so.

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

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