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How often do you step away from your writing and check out the view from another vantage point?

Sometimes the words you want to write down fail to appear. When that happens, forcing the words can cause the experience of writing to be an unpleasant one.

Not long ago, I was having trouble capturing my own thoughts and communicating them fully.

Instead of pushing and expecting a glorious writing outcome I knew wasn’t present, I grabbed my purse, car keys, and the family dog, and went for a drive. As the scenery flew by, the clutter in my brain began to disperse.

I found myself feeling renewed as I went deep into the mountains to the top of the snowline. The air smelled fresh and clean and the cold temperature was positively invigorating.

Stepping away from your writing to attain a renewed perspective is a valuable practice to get your writing done.

As much as you hunger for a perfect day that runs smoothly, has no distractions, or is free of interference from people who choose to be negative, life can bring those unexpected curve balls to punch holes in your creative spirit.

Reignite Your Vision

When your creative spirit isn’t serving you fully, choose to restore it by doing something to reignite your writing vision.

If taking a drive to recharge your batteries isn’t an option, step outside your back door and do some deep breathing.

Let go of what’s blocking your writing and for a few minutes choose to find beauty in your surroundings.

During the summer months, I’m blessed with beautiful flowers blooming on my patio and a thriving vegetable garden to enjoy.

Relishing something picturesque lowers your heart rate and relaxes your mind to dispense with the clutter and frustration that can develop when your writing flow is blocked.

Taking writing breaks consistently will help to maximize your innovative self.

Here are some personal favorites to turn up your writing productivity:

  • Set a timer for 10 to 15-minute writing blasts.
  • At the end of each blast, get up and find some stairs or steps–spending the next five minutes climbing up and down to get the blood flow moving throughout your body.
  • Shift your arms back and forth to propel your body up and down the steps.

This movement will increase the blood flow to the brain, and in turn, cleanse the pathways for greater writing creativity.

Roger von Oech has a book called A Whack on the Side of the Head. He reminds us what it takes to have mastery over a situation. He suggests it comes from having an attitude that’s similar to a child playing a game. He further quotes Heraclitus, by suggesting you play with your writing:

“Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing pieces, possess the power of kings.”

Successful writing happens when you take the pressure off and allow your thoughts to surface in a more relaxed state of mind. Keep it simple. You’re adding one idea at a time, to build complete, impactful thoughts.

The best ideas appear for writers at different times. Certain experiences open up the potential of great story possibilities or lessons learned. Be vigilant. Your finest writing may come to you when you’re faced with a problem or when there’s a need to be filled.

Be ready. Wonderful writing and the sharing of it is just around the corner!

This week’s invitation: Choose something that inspires your writing vision and follow through with your decision, enjoying the results of turning up your writing flow.

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